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Increasing risk of a tropical cyclone developing

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North Queensland is on high alert with an increasing risk of a cyclone developing.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the Coral Sea will be increased from a Low to Moderate (20-50%) chance of development on Saturday March 25th 2017.

Queensland Regional Director Bruce Gunn said a low-pressure system southeast of Papua New Guinea is forecast to develop, drifting slowly southwest.

“While it may have been a slow start to season, February and March are the peak months for tropical cyclone activity in the Eastern Region and Coral Sea, with conditions becoming more favourable for development from Saturday onwards,” said Mr Gunn.

“It’s too early to speculate about the cyclone’s intensity, forecast path and where it will make landfall, however we will get a clearer picture soon.

“Communities in North Queensland should begin their preparations now, stay tuned for the latest official forecasts and warnings from the Bureau, and follow the advice of local emergency services.”

There have been three tropical cyclones this 2016/2017 season, Yvette in December 2016, Alfred in February 2017 and Blanche in March 2017.

If a cyclone forms it will be named Tropical #CycloneCaleb.

The last tropical cyclone to cross the Queensland coast was Tropical Cyclone Nathan which crossed near Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown (20 March, 2015) as a Category 4 system.

The Bureau’s Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Brisbane operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with forecasters monitoring the situation and providing the latest information for emergency services, media and the community.

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