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Northern Australia Storm Weakens; Strong Rains and Wind Forecast

December 28, 2011

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Ex-tropical Cyclone Grant, which was expected to strengthen again into a category one storm over northeast Australia, has weakened, the bureau of meteorology said.

The weather bureau downgraded the storm to a monsoon low and issued a separate severe weather warning for the northern parts of Queensland state.

The storm, which was expected to cross the coast east of Darwin on Dec. 26, weakened to below cyclone intensity and was downgraded. The weather bureau re-issued a cyclone watch yesterday, saying it expected the cyclone to redevelop later today.

The low, which is now moving east across the Gulf of Carpentaria, will continue on its eastward path, toward Cape York Peninsula, the bureau said.

Queensland’s northern-most areas will also experience heavy rainfall, strong winds and abnormally high tides, according to the bureau.

--Editors: Benjamin Purvis, Brendan Murray

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