First tropical cyclone of season tipped to form off FNQ

The first cyclone of the season is expected to form in the Gulf of Carpentaria over the next 24 hours with parts of Far North Queensland on alert.

A tropical low is moving across the Gulf and is currently about 100 kilometres north northeast of the Northern Territory-Queensland border.

Winds of 55 kilometres an hour have been recorded with gusts of 85 kilometres an hour.


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The system is tracking east southeast across the Gulf at about 12 kilometres an hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting the low to strengthen and develop into a category one cyclone in the early hours of Monday morning.

It’s forecast to cross the south west Cape York coast later on Monday.

The BOM has warned that winds are likely to increase to around 100km/h and bring heavy rainfall and abnormally high tides.

Image: BOM

 

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