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A new cyclone appears to be forming off the Queensland coast just three weeks after Cyclone Marcia wreaked devastation along the state's central coast. Image BoM
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Another cyclone is expected to form off Queensland in coming days, promising more wild weather for the state three weeks on from Cyclone Marcia.

Forecasters say a low in the Coral Sea is currently 650km northeast of Cairns and should become a cyclone by Thursday, with gales and heavy rain expected in the far north from Wednesday.

‘It’s to sit off the coast from Thursday, Friday. There is a little bit of uncertainly beyond Thursday and Friday about exactly where the system’s going to go,’ Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sam Campbell told the ABC.

‘We can’t really speculate beyond that. But certainly it will be moving towards the east coast over coming days, and some gales developing along the coast is quite likely.’

Some central Queensland communities are still recovering from severe tropical Cyclone Marcia last month, which destroyed some homes and severely damaged others.

 


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