Cyclone Ilsa intensified substantially in the last 12 hours, and is now a Category 2 storm on the Saffir Simpson scale according to our analysis team. The storm is likely to intensify further and could make landfall as a major Category 3 or 4 storm on Thursday evening Australian time. The storm is expected to make landfall on Eighty Mile Beach, and could dump over 300mm of rainfall near the landfall zone, along with strong winds and a potentially powerful storm surge.
In the Philippines, Tropical Storm Amang made landfall overnight and has since weakened a tropical depression, with convection only popping up in spurts. Locally high rainfall is likely in some areas, but in general rainfall will be lower than normally seen in tropical cyclones.
Elsewhere, an area of interest could develop near the central and eastern Micronesian islands as it gradually turns northwards.
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