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    Tropical Cyclone Tim to Turn Toward Australia

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist and updated by Mark Paquette, Meteorologist
    March 19, 2013, 4:45:38 PM EDT

    Tropical Cyclone Tim did not change strength the last 24 hours over the Coral Sea, east of Australia. Tim is expected to weaken as it interacts with less favorable upper-level conditions over the next 24 hours.

    Tim has been tracking east-southeast for several days, passing just north of Willis Island Wednesday into Thursday. During this time, the storm brought more than 6 inches of rainfall to the island along with sustained winds near 40 mph.

    Currently, Tim is taking a turn to the southwest. This track will take the storm closer to Australia during the early to middle part of next week. However, this track will keep Tim in an area unfavorable for any strengthening and will likely weaken the storm to the point that it may lose its tropical characteristics.

    Regardless, the central and southern coastline of Queensland could be impacted by rainfall from Tim by as early as Monday, with the best chance for significant rain coming between Monday night into Tuesday. While odds of a landfall appear low, the storm could still track close enough to the coast that flooding rainfall may occur.

    Areas from Townsville south to Brisbane should closely monitor this tropical cyclone in the coming days for possible impacts next week.

    This region was already hit hard by flooding earlier this month when a strong low pressure system brought more than a foot of rain over a two- to three-day period.

    Meteorologist Evan Duffey contributed to this story.

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