Cyclone Penny upgraded to category 2

James Marshall
January 5, 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology's forecast track map for Cyclone Penny showing the system crossing the coast as a tropical low around Townsville on Monday.

"Anywhere north of Fraser Island towards Cooktown, anywhere along that coastline could be impacted by this system", he said.

As of about 11.40am today Tropical Cyclone Penny was a category 1 out over the Coral Sea and gaining strength.

"If [Penny] does weaken into an ex-tropical cyclone, probably the main impact will be the rainfall, especially if the system starts to move slower - but we will still see some wind with it".

That warning was rescinded on Wednesday afternoon, with meteorologists saying although reformed, Penny was now moving out to sea.

It is forecast to reach its peak as a category 2 system while offshore by 10pm tonight before turning for Queensland tomorrow morning.

The temperatures are expected to be overnight lows of 19C to daytime temperatures reaching a high of 35C.

"At this stage the cyclone isn't expected to cross the coast again, but that doesn't mean the threat is over - residents shouldn't get complacent about the inclement weather TC Penny could bring", Ms Ross said.

It has been less than a month since ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen dumped record-breaking rain on parts of north Queensland, including 681 millimetres in 24 hours at Halifax, north of Townsville.

Similarly, Sunshine Coast is also predicted to have an 80 per cent chance of thunderstorms, while the Gold Coast is expected to have 70 per cent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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