Queensland’s State Disaster Management Committee will meet in Brisbane this morning to review emergency plans for Tropical Cyclone Nathan, expected to make landfall as a category four storm tomorrow morning.
The category three cyclone is returning to far north Queensland, having moved away from the region after forming in the Coral Sea nine days ago.
Nathan is about 335 kilometres east north-east of Cooktown and moving towards the coast, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said.
It is expected to make landfall between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation tomorrow.
Senior forecaster Michael Knepp (NEP) says it is likely to intensify into a category four cyclone before it hits the coast.
“The good news is those areas around Port Douglas, Cairns, it’s less likely to make landfall there,” he said.
“So in between really Lockhart River and Cape Tribulation is the most likely place for landfall.
“Around Cape Flattery is our bullseye right now but with these sort of systems, they can be unpredictable.”
The storm dumped large amounts of rain, damaged roads and cut off parts of Cape York when it first passed by the far north Queensland coast last week.
A cyclone watch is in place between Coen and Cardwell, extending inland to areas including Kalinga and Laura.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has already attended a preliminary briefing on cyclone preparedness.
on 19/03/2015 10:05pm
Yes pam was a good miss only because it was a windy cyclone…..we need a wet one and a lot places need a wet one as at waitomo caves the boat in the glow worm cave is getting stuck because the river is to low and arent the rotorua lakes very low?????…..WHY is a cyclone coming?????? i tought its getting to late for cyclones!!!!!!……it takes heaps of rain to end a drought…..most places look semi DRY going by the drive to the caves……i have lived through bola we had 550 mils of rain and yes it did some damage but man did the grass GROW
on 19/03/2015 1:26am
Why is Aussie having a bumper season and we here in NZ a Dud season for cyclones