Bureau warns of cyclone

STRONG winds that will continue to buffet the region this week are the result of the squeeze between a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea and a monsoon trough and developing low pressure system in the north Coral Sea.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasters said yesterday there was a high likelihood the low would develop into a cyclone later this week.

Despite the blustery conditions, wind strength in the south-east corner of Queensland has stayed between 15kmh and 25kmh.

A high wind warning exists from Fraser Island up the Queensland coast.

A BoM forecaster said the low pressure system was developing slowly.

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The bureau is likely to set up a cyclone track today on its website but it remains too soon to predict if and where the cyclone will cross the Queensland coast.

The monsoon trough in which the low is embedded extends from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands.

Residents are urged to prepare for extreme weather events.



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