Tropical low intensifying may affect Gove operations

January 8, 2020 Mining Editor

A tropical low is intensifying in the Northern Territory and it is expected to form into a cyclone by tomorrow morning. The low is moving in a westerly direction parallel to the coast and the effects are likely to be experienced at Rio Tinto’s Gove Operations in the Gove Peninsula around Nhulunbuy. 

The cyclone (Claudia) is forecast to approach and most likely cross the north coast early on Friday between Maningrida and Croker Island, then continue towards the Darwin area or the Tiwi Islands while gradually weakening.

Tropical Cyclone Claudia

Image: BOM Supplied

The Bureau said that “the cyclone will be accompanied by gales with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour. The winds are expected to develop between Elcho Island and Goulburn Island, including Maningrida and Milingimbi, on Thursday morning and may extend further west to Croker Island during Thursday night.”

?Destructive winds with gusts greater than 130 kilometres per hour may develop between Maningrida and Goulburn Island later on Thursday if the cyclone continues to intensify.

More information is available on the BOM website

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