Wednesday, January 27, 2010

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Cyclone Olga over northeast Australia on January 24 at 4:10 UTC.

Australia Posts Warnings Again for Olga

Olga was downgraded to a low pressure area yesterday as her center tracked west from Queensland into the Northern Territory of Australia. Now she's nearing the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria and is expected to strengthen while feeding off the Gulf's warm waters. As a result, cyclone warnings and watches have been posted for parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

On Tuesday, January 25, a Cyclone Warning is in effect for coastal and island communities from Groote Eylandt, including Alyangula in the Northern Territory, to Burketown in Queensland. In addition, a Cyclone Watch is in effect for coastal and island communities from Cape Shield to Alyangula.

At 9:30 p.m. local Australia Time (7 a.m. Eastern Time) today, January 26, Olga the Low pressure area is located near 16.8 degrees South and 137.7 degrees East. That's near the border of Queensland and the Northern Territory and about 170 kilometers east southeast of Borroloola and about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Mornington Island. Olga moving west northwest at 14 mph (23 kilometers per hour).