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Tropical Cyclone Zane heading to Cape York Peninsula

Rob Sharpe, Wednesday May 1, 2013 - 17:15 EST

Zane should be the first tropical cyclone in seven years to cross
Queensland's Cape York Peninsula, likely reaching category three.

Tropical Cyclone Zane formed off the Queensland coast on Tuesday
morning as it quickly developed and sped westwards. The cyclone will
move west-northwest and should cross the coast between Orford Ness and
Lockhart River late on Wednesday as a category two or three cyclone.

The last time a tropical cyclone crossed the Peninsula was in April
2006 when Severe Tropical Cyclone Monica crossed just south of
Lockhart River as a category three system.

The primary difference between Zane and Monica is that Zane is moving
quicker and should bring less rainfall. Winds from Zane will be quite
similar to Monica with a cyclone warning issued from Cape Grenville to
Cape Tribulation. Tropical Cyclone Zane brings the risk of gusts to
150km/h from Gape Grenville to Cape Sidmouth. When Monica hit the
coast it brought gusts to approximately 150km/h with Lockhart River
recording a gust of 109km/h and gaining over 300mm in the period of a
few days. Due to the fast moving nature of Zane this cyclone should
bring less rainfall, but flash flooding is still a risk for parts of
far northern Queensland.

Zane will quickly dissipate on Thursday as the system crosses into the
Gulf of Carpentaria. It will become a low rather than developing into
a category five system like Monica did seven years prior. Wind and
rain will ease, particularly for areas south of Cooktown. On Friday
the tropics should only experience scattered showers and fresh
southeasterly winds..

- Weatherzone

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