Tessi was first identified as a tropical low in the northern Coral Sea on the 31 March. The low tracked southwest around the northern side of a middle level ridge and intensified to tropical cyclone strength late on 31 March 2000. Tessi continued to track west-southwest reaching peak intensity of 27 m/s close to the Australian coast. Tessi crossed the coast about 75 kilometres to the northwest of Townsville and rapidly weakened inland, causing widespread though minor wind damage and a significant landslide in the community.
Track and intensity
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