A ‘dangerous’ tropical storm building off the coast of Queensland has forced a cruise ship headed into the Pacific to turn back.
The Carnival cruise ship Luminosa, which was bound for New Caledonia, changed course on Wednesday morning and is now set to return to Brisbane.
The storm system, which was sitting 800km offshore from Cairns in the Coal Sea, is expected to develop into a category two cyclone by Friday.
A wild tropical cyclone is building off the coast of Queensland and is expected to slam into Norkfolk Island on Saturday
The Carnival cruise ship Luminosa, which was bound for New Caledonia, but instead turned back to Brisbane
The weather office said the cyclone is likely to be called Gabrielle.
Initial concerns are held for the 2200 residents on Norfolk Island, where the storm will hit on Saturday.
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