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Queensland Tropical Cyclone Threat Map

Queensland tropical cyclone Threat Map

Severe Tropical Cylone Owen

At 1pm EST, Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen (Category 3) was 195km NNW of Mornington Island and moving east at 17km/h. The system should continue to move east over the Gulf of Carpentaria and intensify, potentially into a Category 4 cyclone during Friday. It is expected to make a coastal crossing in eastern parts of the Gulf early Saturday, possibly still as a Category 4 system.

VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 200km/h are possible near the centre. Based on the current forecast track, these VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may develop between Gilbert River Mouth and Pormpuraaw Friday night/Saturday morning. It is possible that they also develop about Mornington Island on Friday afternoon if the system takes a more southerly track.

HEAVY RAINFALL is likely about the islands and coastal areas of southern Gulf of Carpentaria and southern Cape York.

Next update due by 5pm EST.

Issued Friday 15:22 EDT
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