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Tropical Cyclone Tim Strengthens

March 14, 2013; 8:04 AM ET

Tropical Cyclone Tim, as seen by satellite as of 0530 UTC Thursday, March 14, 2013. Location was over northwestern Coral Sea; Queensland to the west, Papua-New Guinea to the north. (image credit: Joint Typhoon Warning Center)

Newly named Tropical Cyclone Tim was gathering steam off northeastern Australia on Thursday.

Strengthening over the Coral Sea, the storm was of no immediate threat to any land, making its way to the east-southeast.

What was unclear, however, was whether or not Tim can hook back to the west, even reaching the Queensland coast during the first half of next week.

Forecast tools available to AccuWeather.com as of Thursday showed weakening of T.C. Tim over open seas as early as Saturday.

Expected weakening was likely a result of dry air already flowing northward along the Australia coast as of Thursday. Thus, any approach to the Queensland coast early next week would be of a significantly weakened storm, having a lowered threat of any damaging winds.

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