As of the evening (local time) of Saturday, December 15, Owen weakened to a Category 1 as it continued to move eastward across Queensland. Associated winds of up to 95 km/h (59 mph) continue to be reported along Owen's path. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, flood warnings remain in place along the banks of the Herbert, Mulgrave, Russell, and Bohle rivers. Further downpours are expected in the coming hours and days, especially on Queensland's northeastern coast. Transportation disruptions are possible.
The Australian cyclone season typically lasts from November to April.
Individuals present in the affected regions are advised to monitor local weather reports and weather alerts issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, confirm travel reservations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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