Overall Green alert Tropical Cyclone for PENNY-18
in Australia, Papua New Guinea

Event summary

Tropical Cyclone PENNY-18 can have a low humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID TC 1000538
Name PENNY-18
From - To 31 Dec - 08 Jan
Exposed countries Australia, Papua New Guinea
Exposed population No people in Category 1 or higher
Maximum wind speed 120 km/h, Category 1
Maximum storm surge 1.6 m (01 Jan 01:00 UTC)
Vulnerability High (Papua New Guinea)

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  Wind Storm surge Rainfall GDACS score
GDACS 120 km/h 1.6 m n.a. 0.5
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Australia - Tropical cyclone PENNY update (ECHO 17 Apr 2019)Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:03

  • Tropical cyclone PENNY continued west over the Coral Sea towards the north-east coast of Queensland with maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h (tropical depression). On 8 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 400 km east of Townsville and 420 km south-east of Palm Island (Queensland).
  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue south-west toward the north-east coast of Quennsland. Heavy rainfall and strong winds could affect the areas of the central and east coast, including the Whitsunday Islands.
  • A severe weather warning and flood watch are in effect for coastal regions, specifically for Burdekin, Whitsunday, Mackay and Rockhampton.
Australia - Tropical cyclone PENNY (ECHO 17 Apr 2019)Mon, 07 Jan 2019 11:05

  • Tropical cyclone PENNY is continuing west over the Coral Sea towards the north-east coast of Queensland with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (tropical storm). On 7 January at 0.00 UTC its centre was approximately 690 km north-east of Townsville and 770 km east of Tully village.
  • It is forecast to continue west and could approach the north-east coast of Queensland on 9 January. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), PENNY could bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to areas of the central and east coast of Queensland, including the Whitsunday Islands.
  • A Severe Weather Warning is in effect for the east Burdekin, Whitsunday and Mackay regions.
Australia - Tropical cyclone PENNY (ECHO 17 Apr 2019)Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:02

  • Tropical cyclone PENNY passed over Cape York Peninsula (northern Australia) on 1 January with maximum sustained winds up to 70 km/h (tropical storm), before strengthening as it moved over the Coral Sea.
  • On 4 January, at 0.00 UTC its centre was approx. 900 km north-east of Whitsunday Coast (Queensland), 530 km south-east of Tagula Island (Papua New Guinea) and 800 km south-west of Guadalcanal Island (Solomon Islands). Over the next 72 hours it is forecast to weaken as it moves towards the Queensland coast.
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (141), (2), BOM (1), JTWC (1), NASA (1), NOAA (2), OCHA (1), TRMM (1), Unisys (1), WMO (1), ECMWF (10), HWRF (4), GFS (4), INFORM (2),