After meandering westward across the Coral Sea during the past week a low pressure system formerly designated as Tropical Cyclone Owen dropped rain on northern Queensland on Sunday. At 7:00 p.m. EST on Sunday the center of former Tropical Cyclone Owen was located at latitude 15.7°S and longitude 144.5°E which put it about 75 miles (120 km) west of Cairns, Australia. Owen was moving toward the west-northwest at 7 m.p.h. The maximum sustained wind speed was 25 m.p.h. (40 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 35 m.p.h. (55 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1006 mb.
Although it is no longer formally designated as a tropical cyclone, the low pressure center that was Tropical Cyclone Owen maintains a distinct low level center of circulation. Bands of showers and thunderstorms are revolving around the center. Some of those bands are moving inland over northern Queensland and they are dropping locally heavy rainfall. Flooding could develop in areas that receive persistent heavy rain.
Flood Watches are in effect for the Mulgrave River, Russell River, Johnstone River, Murray River, Tully River, and Herbert River.
Former Tropical Storm Owen is forecast to move toward the west-northwest across the Cape York Peninsula. It could emerge over the Gulf of Carpentaria early in the week. There is a possibility that the low pressure system could strengthen when it moves back over water.