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Wallace expected to spare Australia from direct hit

By Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 08, 2019, 8:18:04 AM EDT

Tropical Cyclone Wallace is expected to remain offshore, sparing Australia from another impact from a tropical cyclone.

While the center of the cyclone is expected to remain offshore sparing northwest Australia from another tropical system where landfall is expected, impacts will still be felt along the northern coast of Western Australia.

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Rough seas radiating from the center of the storm will impact shipping interests along the coast of northwest Australia. The region is a large shipping hub for the export of mining goods.

Along the coast, boaters and swimmers will have to remain alert for rough surf and rip currents.

Through the middle of the week, increased moisture along the Pilbara coast will lead to isolated thunderstorms each afternoon. While flooding is not expected to be a significant concern, local downpours could cause ponding on roads and in low-lying areas.

The greatest threat from these storms for anyone outdoors is expected to be lightning. If thunder is heard, take shelter indoors as lightning is close enough to strike.

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Tropical Cyclone Wallace on Sunday night, local time, as it gathers strength near northwestern Australia. Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

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On the heels of Wallace, the waters north of Western Australia will continue to be monitored for another system to follow.

"Conditions may not be as conducive for development in the wake of Wallace, so any storm likely remains weak," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "However, there is still a small concern that any low could strengthen into a weak cyclone."

Such development could occur during the middle of April.

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