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Cyclone Olga Attains Second Life January 29, 2010
The faint clockwise circulation of poorly organized Cyclone Olga can be seen swirling near Cairns.
Australia’s Cape York Peninsula received drenching rains when the center of poorly organized Cyclone Olga made landfall near the resort of Cairns.

Saddle Mountain, near that city, recorded the highest rainfall total of just over 4 inches, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Moderate flooding was reported in the Connors/Isaac River region near the central Queensland city of Mackay.

The storm’s development surprised many in far north Queensland by forming in the Coral Sea on Jan. 22 just as a minimal tropical depression dubbed Neville was weakening nearby.

Olga also weakened during its passage over Cape York, but regenerated as it moved over the warm waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Forecasters predicted the storm to gain Category 2 force late in the week then double back and strike eastern Queensland once again.

Cyclone Olga Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS