Cyclone Jasper unlikely to hit Aussie coast

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The second tropical cyclone to develop off the state’s north coast this month poses no immediate threat to Queensland, according to the Bureau of Meteorology

“It is almost out of Brisbane’s area of responsibility. It’s certainly no immediate to Queensland,” forecaster Terry Erbs said.

But the Bureau of Meteorology Cyclone Warning Centre will maintain a tropical cyclone watch within 160 degrees east longitude of Queensland.

“The low system developed into a tropical cyclone overnight within that area and consequently we’ve issued the advice,” Mr Erbs said.

“Once it moves beyond 160 degrees east longitude then Fiji will take over.”

The cyclone is expected to reach Fijian waters this afternoon.

Tropical Cyclone Jasper, a category one system, was located in the eastern Coral Sea, about 1010 kilometres east-northeast of Mackay, at 4am today.

The cyclone is moving east-southeast at about 32 kilometres per hour, but is not expected to intensify.

However, the weather bureau has issued a high seas warning for areas within 90 nautical miles of the centre of the super storm cell, located 158 degrees east of Queensland.

The bureau has requested that all ships in the area send weather reports every three hours.

Tropical Cyclone Hamish, which intensified to a category five cyclone, hovered off the central Queensland coast three weeks ago before dissipating over seas off Hervey Bay.

www.brisbanetimes.com.au

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