Residents prepare as Cyclone Fletcher crosses coastline

A CYCLONE warning has been issued for the third time in Queensland in a week with a category one system expected to cross the coast this afternoon.

At 4:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Fletcher, Category 1 was estimated to be near the coast 160 kilometres east northeast of Burketown and 70 kilometres south southwest of Gilbert River Mouth.

It was moving east at 9 kilometres per hour.

"Tropical Cyclone Fletcher is now close to crossing the southern Gulf of Carpentaria coast north of Karumba and should move inland this evening,'' the Bureau of Meteorology said in its 4pm update.

"Gales  with wind gusts to 100 kilometres per hour are expected this afternoon and tonight between Burketown and Kowanyamah.

The cyclone may weaken overland overnight, but is forecast to recurve towards to the west during Tuesday in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria and redevelop.

Gales would again be possible between Kowanyamah and Burketown extending to coastal and island communities between the Northern Territory border and Burketown later Tuesday or Wednesday.

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The projected pathway of Cyclone Fletcher as provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The projected pathway of Cyclone Fletcher as provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Meanwhile the cyclone formerly known as Edna may have beat a hasty retreat away from the Queensland coastline over the weekend but the Bureau of Meteorology suspects Edna could re-form by early Tuesday afternoon.

Once that happens, the BOM reckon Edna may head south-south-east back towards the Australian coastline.

Neither Fletcher nor Edna are expected to deliver the drought-breaking rains so desperately needed by much of the state.

However, with the cyclone season running until April, there is still hope.

CYCLONES TO COME:

We have had Dylan, Edna and now Fletcher, so what comes next?

According to the BOM, we can look forward to:
Gillian
Hadi
Ita
Jack
Kate
Lam
Marcia
Nathan  and
Olwyn.

CYCLONE HELP

For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).


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