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Cyclone Tim to weaken off far north Qld

By Jason Rawlins, Friday March 15, 2013 - 08:52 EDT

The weather bureau says Tropical Cyclone Tim is moving away from far north Queensland and predicted to weaken.

The category two system is about 700 kilometres north-east of Cairns.

Senior forecaster Ken Cato says Cyclone Tim is expected to weaken.

"It should keep drifting east-south-east away from the coast today, then start to curve towards a more south-south-westerly type direction by tomorrow before slowing down and starting to gradually weaken," he said.

"From early next week, it's weakening remains should start drifting back towards a general north-westerly type direction."

He says the bureau is also watching Tropical Cyclone Sandra, which is about 200 kilometres east of Lord Howe Island off New South Wales.

"Lord Howe Island did get some pretty strong winds overnight," Mr Cato said.

"There's a place called Windy Point near the airport there and they got 146 kilometre an hour gusts, so it's fairly windy there at the moment.

"Winds are around 80 kilometres an hour."


© ABC 2013

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