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Cyclone Penny tracks away from coast giving far north Queensland reprieve from heavy rain

Thursday January 3, 2019 - 13:01 EDT
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A BOM map shows Tropical Cyclone Penny's expected path. - ABC licensed

Tropical Cyclone Penny has re-formed in the Coral Sea, but is unlikely to bring significant rain to north Queensland in the coming days, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

The BOM said in its update at 11:04am (AEST) the system was tracking away from the Queensland coast, and was 760 kilometres east-north-east of Cairns.

It said Cyclone Penny was expected to gradually intensify overnight, , before turning towards the south-west and weakening.

BOM said no direct impacts from the system were expected across Queensland in the next three days.

However, the BOM said there was still the risk of it maintaining cyclone strength as it neared the coast early next week.

BOM senior forecaster Michelle Berry said far north Queensland would get a reprieve from wet weather during Thursday.

"We should have mostly fine conditions for the Cairns coast on Thursday as their winds turn more southerly as the system moves further away — they'll see a return to showers from Friday," she said.

"Torres Strait is the area that will likely still see at least some moderate to possibly heavy totals."

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) is urging boaties to be vigilant on the water, warning the effects of Tropical Cyclone Penny could be felt for weeks.

VMR Whitsunday spokesman Mal Priday said with winds of between 30-40 knots predicted in the Whitsundays, it was important people use common sense.

"It's never too soon to start thinking about what you've got to do, so I do recommend people start thinking about that now, thinking what their course of action will be worst case scenario, and everything from there is a bonus that it doesn't come right towards us," he said.


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