Thursday 22nd Nov, 2018

Cyclone unlikely, but big seas still on the horizon

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Photo: Shutterstock

A TROPICAL low has developed in the eastern Coral Sea, but the Bureau of Meteorology has indicated the odds are still against it becoming a cyclone.

According to the Bureau, at 2pm eastern standard time Tuesday, a tropical low was over the eastern Coral Sea, about 1120km northeast of the Sunshine Coast, and moving southwest at about 25kmh.

“There is still a moderate chance of this system developing into a tropical cyclone (on Tuesday) with a decreasing chance during Wednesday as the system interacts with unfavourable atmospheric conditions,” the Bureau reported.

“The system is forecast to approach the southern coast of Queensland over the next 24 to 30 hours before curving to the south to southeast overnight Wednesday and into Thursday. The system is expected to remain offshore of the Australian east coast.”

According to the Bureau, while a tropical low or cyclone is expected to remain offshore, the system is likely to produce dangerous surf on exposed southern Queensland beaches.

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