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Tropical Low 17U Expected to Strengthen, Australia

17.9S 140.6E

March 18th, 2012 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Low 17U - March 17th, 2012

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Track of Tropical Low 17U - March 17th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Tropical Low 17U

On March 14, Tropical Low 17U is expected to move to the southwest over the next 24 to 30 hours over Gulf of Carpentaria waters where it is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone during the day.

Gales are expected to affect coastal areas between the Northern Territory – Queensland border and Pormpuraaw during the day. Gales may develop between Port McArthur and the border area, including Borroloola late today, only if the cyclone moves further westwards.

Heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding is expected about the Gulf of Carpentaria coast and adjacent inland areas between the Northern Territory – Queensland border and Pormpuraaw. Water levels on the high tide could also exceed the highest tide of the year about the Gulf of Carpentaria coast and islands between the border area and Pormpuraaw.

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