Tropical Cyclone Ita

23 - 24 February 1997

Summary

Tropical cyclone Ita rapidly developed off the north Queensland coast in markedly divergent upper flow east of an upper low on 23 February. The system moved in a southerly then southwesterly direction towards the coast. However, northerly upper flow between an upper low over Queensland and an anticyclone in the Coral Sea increased. Development was inhibited and the lowest central pressure of 994 hPa occurred just prior to crossing the coast southeast of Townsville on 24 February, where it dissipated quickly. Little wind damage was reported, however, moderate flooding was reported in coastal rivers and creeks. A tornado occurred at Yukan about 13 km south of Sarina on 24 February.

Track and intensity

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Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Ita