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Tropical Cyclone Imogen Makes Landfall in Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Imogen made landfall in Queensland on Sunday. At 7:00 a.m. EST on Sunday the center of Tropical Cyclone Imogen was located at latitude 17.4°S and longitude 140.9°E which put it about 5 miles (10 km) north of Karumba, Australia. Imogen was moving toward the southeast at 11 m.p.h. (17 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 65 m.p.h. (105 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 992 mb.

The tropical low over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria intensified into Tropical Cyclone Imogen before it made landfall in Queensland on Sunday. The center of Tropical Cyclone Imogen made landfall on the southwest coast of Queensland just to the north of Karumba. Imogen was the equivalent of a tropical storm at the time of landfall.

A Tropical Cyclone Warning was in effect for the portion of the coast of Queensland from Burketown to Kowanyama. The Warning extended inland to Croydon.

A high pressure system north of Australia will steer Tropical Cyclone Imogen toward the east southeast during the next 48 hours. On its anticipated track Tropical Cyclone Imogen could be near Croydon in about 12 hours. Imogen will move more slowly on Monday when the steering currents will be weaker. Tropical Cyclone Imogen could be north of Georgetown in about 36 hours. The circulation around Imogen will weaken as it moves farther inland. Imogen will drop heavy rain over parts of the southern Cape York Peninsula. Heavy rain could cause flash floods along some rivers and streams. Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect for parts of northern Queensland.