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24-Mar-2017

TROPICAL LOW EXPECTED TO BECOME CYCLONE
North Queensland, Australia
Tropical low expected to become cyclone
Friday, March 24, 2017, North Queensland, Australia
The Tropical Low in the Coral Sea is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and move west towards the coast over the weekend.

At 10:00am AEST, there were sustained winds near the centre of 45 km per hour with wind gusts to 85 km per hour. The system was located within 110 km of 16.1 deg, South, 151.4 deg. East and was moving south at 15 km per hour.

The tropical low has been showing signs of strengthening and has been moving towards the south. During Saturday (25 March), it is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone and adopt a track towards the west, bringing it towards the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the system as it approaches the coast over the weekend.

GALES are not expected along the coast in the next 24 hours. However, given the expected intensification of the low and the forecast track towards the coast, coastal and island communities between Cape Tribulation and Proserpine, including the Whitsunday Islands, may be affected by this expected tropical cyclone during Saturday evening or Sundaymorning.

Tropical Cyclone information is also available at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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