INTERACTIVE | Cyclone Penny unlikely to impact tropical coast

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WISHY-WASHY: The path of cyclone Penny is unclear at this stage. Image: BOM.
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Cyclone Penny, which has increased intensity to a level two cyclone in the Coral Sea, is unlikely to impact the Far North Queensland coast until next week.

The cyclone is currently 1020 kilometres offshore with wind gusts to around 130 km/h near the centre.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting expected track of the cyclone to move to the east through Friday and then remain at Category two intensity into early Saturday.

It is expected to move back west towards the coast on Monday but the system is expected to weaken to a Category one intensity and potentially hit the coast as a tropical low on Tuesday. 

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According to the latest BOM cyclone data, Penny has slowed down and the steering pattern is "wishy-washy" due to competing weather influences and will remain slow moving.

However, the BOM say the actual path of the storm system is unknowable and residents of the area should keep a close eye on weather updates over the weekend and into next week.

More rain and wind is expected to come along with the storm system on top of recent heavy rains across the Douglas Shire. 


 

Port Douglas’ total rainfall for December 2018 was an impressive 950mm for the month, making it the second wettest December on record.

The town had a total annual rainfall of 3146mm for 2018, much higher than the average rainfall for the town of 2034mm.

Mossman received 2831mm for 2018, which is right on the average for the township’s annual rain with 262mm of that total dropping just last month.

Daintree Village had it’s wettest December on record and wettest month of the year with a huge 1635mm dropped on the small town over the course of the month and a total of 3235mm for 2018. 

Thanks to the increased rainfall, with more expected, Douglas Shire Council officially lifted water restrictions that had been in place for the region in recent months. 

The Council have asked residents to continue to be mindful of water usage and suggested water conservation measures should remain in place year-round.

 

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