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Cyclone Tatiana forms overnight in Category 1, moving slowly

7.55am: THE latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology says the low off the Queensland coast has formed into a Category 1 cyclone.

Cyclone Tatiania was located over the central Coral Sea near latitude 17.2 south longitude 158.6 east,which is about 1080 km east northeast of Mackay and 1060 km north northeast of Fraser Island, at 4am.

Tropical cyclone Tatiana is currently moving east southeast at about 7 kilometres per hour, but should adopt a track more towards the southeast during today. The system is expected to gradually intensify before exiting the region
late today.

Tropical cyclone Tatiana is situated well offshore and poses no immediate threat to the Queensland coast.

The next Information Bulletin will be issued by 11 am AEST today.

6am: AS A tropical low brewed into a cyclone last night, the Bureau of Meteorology said the system was expected to steer clear of the coast.

Yesterday, the bureau advised Tropical Cyclone Tatiana could form overnight or early this morning.

At 10am yesterday, the system was about 990km northeast of Mackay and was moving east around 10km/h.

Modelling suggests the system could be out of Queensland waters by late Friday or Saturday morning.

"The current motion is slowly to the east, and a curve onto a south-easterly track is expected through the remainder of today into Friday," the bureau stated yesterday.

"This will keep the system well off the Queensland coast, and it is not expected to have a direct impact on Queensland's weather."

Bureau spokesperson Jess Carey told The Morning Bulletin the Queensland coast shouldn't feel the affects of the cyclone.

"The risk posed is quite small at this stage," he said.

Mr Carey said the only affects which may be felt from the system were higher swells along the southern Queensland coast, but these were still not expected to be significant.

He said at this stage there was no suggestion the system would move back towards the coast.

"It's very unlikely that any part of the Queensland mainland will be affected."

Get cyclone ready

  • Check the condition of the roof and repair loose tiles, eaves and screws
  • Clean gutters and downpipes so water can drain away as quickly as possible
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches
  • Secure loose items that could cause damage if blown around in high winds


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