Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may 'wreak havoc'

Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may 'wreak havoc'

"There will also be heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding and very destructive winds".

In Sydney, heavy rain severely reduced visibility on the roads causing a spate of traffic accidents.

THE Central Highlands might be in for a wet weekend, with more than 100mm of rain predicted for parts of Central Queensland as Tropical Cyclone Owen moves down the Queensland coast.

Up to 50 millimetres was expected to fall on Friday night, with rain and possible thunderstorms expected all the way through to Monday.

After making landfall on Saturday morning, Owen is expected to wreak havoc for several days as it tracks across the cape and then down Queensland's eastern coastline over the next few days.

"With landfall there will be significant storm tide for locations along the coast", Richard Wardle from the Queensland state Bureau of Meteorology said Friday.

Queensland is still recovering from bushfires last month that burned across the state amid an unprecedented heatwave, while Cyclone Nora tracked a similar path to that of Cyclone Owen in March, bringing heavy rain and flooding. "Owen will wreak havoc across our state and come down the east coast", the premier told the Seven network on Friday.

In a sign of how widespread the wild weather will be, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 29 mayors from across the state were involved in disaster planning. It could reach category four strength by early afternoon.

Destructive Cyclone Owen is bearing down on the north of Australia with coastal residents being told to brace for the worst if the system reaches category four today.

Ahead of Owen's arrival, more than 60 emergency services staff were sent to Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw, including swift water rescue experts.

Abnormally high tides could also compound any flooding on the east coast.

The bureau said Owen crossed as a "low end" Category 3 storm and was expected to move east-southeast over northern Queensland while weakening on Saturday.

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