No Zane for northern QLDBen Domensino, Thursday May 2, 2013 - 09:15 EST
Tropical Cyclone Zane weakened to a tropical low overnight, although
will still cause showers, thunderstorms and strong winds over Cape
York Peninsula today.
After intensifying into a category two tropical cyclone earlier this
week, Zane weakened during Wednesday as it moved into a region of
strong wind shear, causing the system to lose its structure.
At 3am EST today, the ex-tropical cyclone was estimated to be 160
kilometres east of Lockhart River and moving towards the QLD coast at
The low will continue to weaken as it moves from east to west across
the QLD Peninsula today, triggering gusty showers and isolated
thunderstorms. The heaviest rainfall will occur along the eastern
coast, between about Cooktown and Lockhart, where 20-40mm is possible.
At one stage Zane looked able to generate winds of up to 150km/h over
northern QLD, although the weakening system is now unlikely to produce
speeds over 70km/h. The gale warning from Cape Grenville to Cooktown
has been cancelled.
The remnants of Zane will move west through the Gulf of Carpentaria on
Thursday. Isolated showers and storms with a surge of increased
humidity will move west over the northern and eastern Top End from
Tropical Cyclone Zane was the ninth system to be named in Australian
waters in the 2012/2013 cyclone season, which ended on April 30th.
© Weatherzone 2013
More breaking news
Towns in Queensland's south-east are being hit by storms, but Brisbane has escaped much of the rainfall and the weather is no longer regarded as severe.
The start of spring has been unusually dry across most of New South Wales.
The Queensland Rural Fire Service says fires on parts of the state's coast will burn hotter and faster this season due to the ongoing dry.