Cyclone forming in Solomons no threat to Qld

Tropical cyclone Raquel earlier this month. Source: BOM
Tropical cyclone Raquel earlier this month. Source: BOM

QUEENSLAND forecasters monitoring a low near the Solomon Islands that could become a tropical cyclone later this week say it is unlikely to threaten the state.

Earlier this month Tropical Cyclone Raquel became the first ever recorded winter cyclone in Queensland waters since satellite monitoring began in the 1970s.

The Bureau of Meteorology's (BoM) Jonte Hall said the latest development was unlikely to pose any threat to Queensland.

"It would be something interesting if it developed up through the Solomon Islands and could have an impact through there," he said.

"Even if it doesn't develop, these sort of features can produce lots of heavy rainfall over areas like the Solomon Islands which can be potentially dangerous."

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