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The first cyclone of the season has formed over the southeastern Gulf coast of Queensland, landing near Karumba late Sunday evening.
At 10:00 p.m., the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) announced that tropical cyclone Imogen is located 10 kilometers northeast of Karumba and 230 kilometers southwest of Kowanyama.
The cyclone is a Category 1, the lowest classification, and it is recommended that the warning zone extend from Burketown to Kowanyama and extend inland to Croydon.
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The office said Imogen is expected to continue moving east to southeast in the short term, taking it further inland on Sunday evening and Monday, where it is expected to transition to a tropical low.
“Coastal residents between Karumba and Kowanyama are specifically warned of the dangerous storm surge on [Sunday] evening of the flood,” the office said.
“Sea levels are expected to be well above normal high tide, with noxious waves and flooding in some low-lying areas near the coast. “
People from Burketown to Kowanyama are asked to stay inside until the cyclone is over and listen to the office’s next advice at 2:00 am on Monday.
A severe weather warning is also current for parts of the northern tropical coast, where the low is likely to generate widespread heavy rain that can lead to flash floods in the coming days.
BOM forecaster Matt Marshall said some locations could receive a few hundred millimeters of rain on Monday.
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“As you head towards the northern tropical coast – from Cairns to Townsville – heavy rainfall will be the main threat in the area,” he said.
In October, the bill of materials released its outlook for tropical cyclones for the summer, which predicted a 66 percent probability of more tropical cyclones than the average.
“I think there’s a good chance we’ll see some more activity over the Gulf and Coral Sea later in the season. “
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News – AU – Tropical cyclone Imogen forms over FNQ and crosses the coast north of Karumba