Update 2018-12-13: The cyclone gained strength and is moving in eastern direction over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Areas in the western parts of the bay are also affected by the storm. The storm is forecast to make landfall in the southern parts of Cape York Peninsula from Friday (14 December). The maximum sustained windspeed is 157 km/h (with gusts reaching 194 km/h), equivalent to a category 2 hurricane.
The cyclone can cause uprooting of trees and damage roofing material. A storm tide of up to 2.5 meter above average is possible. Due to heavy rainfalls and rise of water level, coastal flooding and local inland flooding (and landslides) can be expected. Inhabitants of coastal regions and low-lying areas are advised to take shelter.
2018-12-11: Cyclone Owen has developed over the South Pacific and is forecast to affect the coasts of the Northern Territory and Queensland from Wednesday (12 December). On Friday (14 December), it may make landfall near Kowanyama in Queensland and move south-eastwards.
Heavy rainfalls are to be expected beforehand, which may cause floods, flash floods and landslides. Due to high winds, storm damage is possible in the areas directly affected by the storm. (Air-)Traffic disruptions are to be expected. Travellers are advised to exercise elevated caution near mountainsides, the sea, and rivers.
The Courier Mail, JTWC