Tropical Cyclone 12P (Ellie) Makes Landfall South of Cairns, Australia
Tropical Cyclone 12P (Ellie), located approximately 85 nautical miles south of Cairns, Australia, has tracked southwestward at 7 knots over the past 6 hours.
Animated infrared satellite imagery and the Townsville and Cairns radars indicated that Ellie made landfall south of Cairns at approximately 01/14Z and has weakened slightly anad tracked further inland over the past 6 hours.
The low-level circulation center is clearly discernible with banding remaining over the northern and northeastern quadrant and strong inflow over the southeastern flank.
The majority of the surface observations support the current intensity of 30 knots; however, coastal observations from Lucinda, southeast of the center, remain stronger at 30-35 knots sustained. Maximum significant wave height is 10 feet.
Tropical Cyclone 12P is expected to track slowly westward to northwestward through TAU 12 but should weaken with the remnants likely to track back over water in a general eastward direction.
There is a possibility that the system may regenerate after 24 to 36 hours with both the GFS and ECMWF indicating 35-knot winds after TAU 48.
This is the final warning on this system by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center; however, the system will be closely monitored for signs of regeneration.