Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Increased Threat of Tropical Cyclone forming in the Top End of the Northern Territory on Friday, Australia - 20th Dec 2011

The weather bureau says there is an increased threat of a tropical cyclone forming in the Top End of the Northern Territory on Friday.

The chance of a cyclone forming is now listed as a 50 per cent to 100 per cent possibility.

A monsoon trough off the north coast is expected to develop into a tropical low tomorrow.

Bureau forecaster Angeline Prasad says the system has caused heavy rains of up to 100 millimetres in some parts of the Territory.

"We are expecting the system to form in the Arafura Sea in the next 12 to 24 hours," she said.

"Once the low pressure system forms, it is expected to remain slow moving over the next few days and gradually intensify.

"We have got a moderate chance of development on Thursday and a high chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone on Friday."

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