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    Tropical Cyclone Dylan Weakening Over Queensland

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    February 02, 2014, 9:14:19 AM EST

    Tropical Cyclone Dylan developed off the northeast coast of Queensland near Willis Island on Wednesday and tracked southwest until making landfall along the coast of Queensland on Friday morning.

    The warm waters of the South Pacific helped Dylan form from a cluster of thunderstorms between Queensland and Vanuatu.

    Dylan strengthened until landfall and was the equivalent of strong tropical storm as it moved onshore to the south of Townsville, near Ayr.


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    The strongest winds were near and just south of landfall where gusts over 60 mph occurred. Hamilton Island reported sustained winds over 50 mph along with wind gusts to 67 mph.

    Areas south of the landfall point received the most rainfall from the cyclone as just north of landfall, Townsville reported only 38 mm (1.50 inches).

    Yeppoon received nearly 100 mm (4 inches) of rain through Friday evening, local time. Samuel Hill reported over 200 mm (8 inches) of rain during the same stretch of time.

    After making landfall, the cyclone quickly weakened but locally heavy rainfall continued. During the day on Friday, 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rain fell inland from Rockhampton to near Emerald.

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    Additional rainfall is expected across southern and south-central Queensland through Saturday as Dylan eventually dissipates.

    Parts of the interior will welcome any rainfall, even if the threat of flooding exists as many locations are near their lowest rainfall totals on record during the past 21 months, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Currently, a drought remains in effect from Balonne and Paroo in the south, all the way north to Carpentaria and Burke on the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    In some areas, the drought has been so extreme that large cracks have developed across the surface of the ground.

    Agriculture over the entire region has suffered from the ongoing drought, and any rainfall that occurs will aid, but not bring an end to the current problems.

    Meteorologist Alan Reppert contributed to this story

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