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Cyclone Owen downgraded, but could reform off Queensland

Cyclone Owen downgraded, but could reform off Queensland
15 December 2018 - 23:43 'was also added 290 Viewed.
Parramatta Park resident John Irving and his son Steve look at the sky from their sandbagged doorway in Cairns, Queensland, on 15 December 2018. Image copyright EPA Image caption Locals were warned to be expecting more heavy rainfall

A cyclone that was expected to wreak havoc throughout Queensland has been downgraded to a tropical low, after unleashing 17cm (6.6in) of rain in two hours across the north of the state.

Authorities warn that Cyclone Owen may just nonetheless reform offshore on Monday.

Severe climate and flood warnings are in place.

Owen hit land as a class 3 cyclone at around 03:00 on Saturday (17:00 Friday GMT), 70km (FORTY THREE miles) from Kowanyama.

“We had been proper within the bullseye however then it dipped and went south,” the town’s Mayor Michael Yam said.

The Weather machine is predicted to achieve the North Queensland towns of Ingham and Innisfail by means of early Sunday. Meteorologists expect it will transfer again out over water earlier than tracking down the state’s east coast.

Australia continuously experiences extreme climate, with flash floods, sandstorms and droughts in a few areas.

Last month, Queensland used to be hit by destructive bushfires which pressured the evacuation of hundreds of people.

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