Cyclones ready to hit coast in both east and west

Published: March 12, 2015

Grey nomads already travelling in the far north on both sides of the country are being warned to brace themselves for heavy rain and strong winds as cyclones approach both coastlines.

In Queensland, Tropical Cyclone Nathan is gaining momentum and is currently about 200 kilometres off Cooktown and is tracking towards the coast at five kilometres an hour. The ABC reports that the category two system is expected to intensify into a category three today before doing a U-turn tomorrow morning.

A cyclone warning has been issued  for communities from Coen to Port Douglas, with torrential rain  forecast for the North Tropical Coast, Tablelands, and Cape York Peninsula. The heaviest falls are expected north of Cape Tribulation, which is close to the cyclone centre.

It would be Queensland’s second cyclone this year after Cyclone Marcia ravaged the central coast last month.

Over in the west, Cyclone Olwyn is expected to intensify as it tracks towards the west Pilbara coast. The Bureau of Meteorology says the cyclone, currently a category two storm, is forecast to reach category three as it moves towards the coast.

It is currently expected to make landfall between Exmouth and Mardie. The bureau says gales with gusts to 100km/h are expected to develop between Karratha and Exmouth this afternoon. Very destructive winds with gusts to 170km/h could develop near the west Pilbara coast early tomorrow.

The system will weaken as it continues to move towards the south, taking heavy rain and squally winds into southern parts of Western Australia.

  • Are you in an area potentially affected by one of the cyclones? What preparations have you made? Comment below.
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