Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Cyclone Tim looms off far north Qld

Thursday March 14, 2013 - 19:31 EDT

The weather bureau says Cyclone Tim has intensified into a category 2 system in the Coral Sea, but is still heading away from the Queensland coast.

Tropical Cyclone Tim, which formed this morning, is about 500 kilometres north-east of Cairns.

Forecaster Alicia Duncanson says they are keeping track on its progress off shore.

"The observations from Willis Island have been very interesting today," she said.

"We've been getting down to two or three hundred metres of visibility, so they can't see the end of the island and [there's] some very heavy rainfall coming through there.

"But [it's] expected to track to the north of the island and with the facilities we have there up to a category three cyclone isn't an issue, other than a bit of storm surge into some areas."

Meanwhile, locals on Lord Howe Island, off the New South Wales north coast, are preparing to be hit by .

Island Board chief executive officer Stephen Wills says the worst of the weather is expected tonight and tomorrow morning.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Grantham floods inquiry: Former quarry owner Denis Wagner gives evidence

19:01 EST

The owner of a quarry which allegedly contributed to the fatal 2011 Grantham flood says a safety bund appeared to be man made and may have been built without his knowledge.

Interior set to turn up the winter warmth this weekend

15:35 EST

Chilly weather will quickly turn to very warm and windy conditions this weekend over many parts of Australia's interior this weekend.

Significant winter drink for southwest WA

13:54 EST

Rain in southwestern parts of Western Australia has provided some places with the best drink in over a year, but more is yet to come.