28 Jan 2006

Cyclone Jim takes shape in Coral Sea

3:54 pm on 28 January 2006

Tropical Cyclone Jim has formed off the eastern coast of Queensland and is expected to gather strength and move north-east into the Coral Sea over the next few days.

The third cyclone of the season in the Pacific Islands region has clockwise winds of 74 kilometres an hour, increasing to up to 130 kilometres an hour early tomorrow with seas becoming very high.

Cyclone Jim poses no immediate threat to the coast of Queensland.

On its current track it passes over the scattered reefs and islets of Australia's Coral Sea Islands Territory and could strike New Caledonia.