Cyclone Lam upgraded to category two and set to intensify
[5.00 PM ]
FORECASTERS say Tropical Cyclone Lam is continuing to move westwards as it continues to intensify in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The warning zone for the category two cyclone is from Maningrida to Cape Shield including Nhulunby.
The Watch zone spans from Goulburn Island to Maningrida and Cape Shield to Port Roper, including Groote Eylandt.
The cyclone has sustained winds near the epicentre of 100 km per hour with gusts up to 140 km per hour.
It is moving west at 11 Km per hour and is expected to continue to intensify as it moves in a general westward direction before turning towards the southwest from late Wednesday.
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[ 2.50 PM ]
TOURISTS are deserting Australia's third largest island Groote Eylandt and cancelling travel plans as weather forecasters predict Tropical Cyclone Lam will pass close by as a category four storm later this week.
Commercial barramundi fishermen in waters off north-east Arnhem Land were also racing to reach sheltered water before the cyclone hit.
At 2:00pm on Tuesday, Cyclone Lam was 260km east-north-east of Nhulunbuy and 390km northeast of Alyangula.
It was moving west at 7kph as a category two storm, with winds near the centre of 100kph and gusts of up to 140kph.
It was upgraded from a category one storm at 11:00am CST.
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Warning zone: Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy.
Watch zone: Maningrida to Elcho Island and Cape Shield to Port Roper, including Groote Eylandt.
TUESDAY 7am: BOM warning: Be prepared for Cyclone Lam
A CYCLONE "watch" alert has been issued for parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland, as a storm system in the Gulf of Carpentaria builds in intensity.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued an alert for Tropical Cyclone Lam on Monday afternoon for residents from Nhulunbuy to Maningrida and Cape Shield to Numbulwar, including Groote Eylandt.
At 3.30am on Tuesday the system was a category 1 with sustained winds near the centre of 75 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour.
It was estimated to be 335 kilometres east northeast of Nhulunbuy and 450 kilometres northeast of Alyangula.and moving at 8km/h/.
Tropical Cyclone Lam is expected to continue moving in a general west or southwest direction and continue to strengthen.
The Territory Controller advises residents from Nhulunbuy to Cape Shield that now is the time to make final preparations to your home shelter or identify which public emergency shelter or strong building to use.
You should now have your emergency kit complete and ready. Don't proceed to public emergency shelters until advised to do so.
Communities under Watch are advised that now is the time to finalise your emergency kit, clear your yards and balconies, and commence home shelter preparations.
ALL eyes are on a Coral Sea low that could develop into a cyclone this week.
The Bureau of Meteorology is monitoring the weak tropical low, which may form into a cyclone, and is warning residents from the far north to central coast to be prepared.
The low is located east of Cape York Peninsula and is causing heaving rainfall in the north of the state.
"Predicting cyclone paths is difficult, but at this stage the system is likely to approach the north-east Top End coast either overnight Tuesday or early on Wednesday," a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said.
"It is then expected to continue moving towards the west across the Top End from mid-next week, but the exact path and intensity remains highly uncertain at this early stage.
"To date, there have only been two tropical cyclones in the Australian region this season, with neither of them coming close to the mainland coast. This is an unusually late start to a season-only two other cyclone seasons in the past 50 years have seen the first coastal crossing occur later than this year."
Mackay's weekend weather was unsettled with heavy showers.
One minute it was overcast and raining, the next the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
Rainfall throughout the district was minor compared to that in the far north where Tully Gorge received 139mm.
Upper Finch Hatton recorded 24mm, Greenmount recorded 16mm, Eungella had 11mm and Mackay had 6.8mm in a 24-hours period over the weekend.
- Today: 23-31°C, possible shower
- Tomorrow: 22-30°C, possible shower
- Wednesday: 22-30°C, shower or two
- Thursday: 22-30°C, shower or two
- Friday: 23-31°C, shower or two