Issued: 5:30pm AEST Wednesday 6 December 2023
As of 4pm AEST today Tropical Cyclone Jasper, situated 1390 km east northeast of Cairns, has intensified into a Severe Tropical Cyclone (category 3).
Severe Tropical Cyclone Jasper is expected to strengthen further and track south-southwest into the Coral Sea overnight.
It’s forecast to reach high end category 4 intensity later Thursday and possibly category 5 on Thursday night.
Over the weekend, Jasper is likely to weaken but will remain as a Tropical Cyclone next week.
Jasper is forecast to gradually move in a general southwesterly track towards the Queensland coast early next week.
The highest risk of a cyclone impact is in the region north of Mackay, but the timing and severity of the costal impact remains highly uncertain at this stage.
The Bureau will issue regular updates to help keep communities informed as the situation evolves over the coming days.
Communities in the region north of Mackay are advised to review their cyclone plan.
The next Information Bulletin will be issued by 11pm AEST.
For the latest Tropical Cyclone advice and track maps, visit: https://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/
For Tropical Cyclone Outlooks, visit: https://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/outlooks/index.shtml
Know your weather. Know your risk. Communities should stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings via our website and BOM Weather app and follow advice of emergency services.