I’m A Celebrity bosses are said to be watching the weather forecast with ‘baited breath’ as Cyclone Jasper makes its way towards Australia.
Jasper is forecast to reach high-end category 4 intensity on Thursday and possibly category 5 on Thursday night, the Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest forecast.
The ‘unusual’ cyclone was tracking south-southwest in the Coral Sea with wind gusts expected to reach 121mph on Thursday night.
Producers are reportedly anxious as to how the treacherous weather forecast could impact filming and cause chaos and potential destruction to the I’m A Celebrity set in Springbrook’s National Park, just days away from the final.
‘Production are aware of the threat and the safety of the celebrities is their priority. ITV are watching Cyclone Jasper very closely’, a source told The Sun.
I’m A Celebrity bosses are said to be watching the weather forecast with ‘baited breath’ as Cyclone Jasper makes its way towards Australia
Tropical cyclone Jasper (pictured on Thursday morning) will hit a category 5 storm and is bearing down on the Queensland coast
‘The safety of the celebrities is of the utmost importance to ITV and they are monitoring the situation. The timing could not be more apt, as the cyclone is on course to hit when the stars are taking on that very challenge.
“This year the celebs have had to endure pretty horrible weather and just as the sun started to shine, it’s all going south again. ITV are ready for any eventuality but, ultimately, Cyclone Jasper could be an absolute nightmare and wreak havoc.
MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.
Over the weekend Jasper is likely to weaken but will remain as a tropical cyclone next week.
The bureau will issue regular updates to keep Australia informed as the situation evolves over coming days.
I’m A Celebrity’s fan favourite Celebrity Cyclone is set to take place on Saturday, with the four remaining celebrities facing an obstacle course in an attempt to get stars for camp, before the all important final on Sunday.
Australia’s cyclone season runs from November to April but is typically most active in February and March.
‘There is a potential for tropical cyclone Jasper to move near the Queensland coast next week (but) there is large uncertainty as to which parts of the Queensland coast will be impacted,’ senior meteorologist Dean Narramore said on Tuesday.
‘The bureau will issue regular updates to keep communities informed as the situation evolves over the coming days.’
The cyclone is expected to cross the coast early next week between Cairns and Mackay
It comes after Nick Pickard revealed Jamie Lynn Spears quit I’m a Celebrity after 48 hours of non-stop rain in the jungle
Britney Spears ‘s younger sister, 32, sensationally left the camp last Wednesday claiming it was on ‘medical grounds’ but Nick has now disclosed the stormy weather pushed her over the edge
It comes after Nick Pickard revealed Jamie Lynn Spears quit I’m a Celebrity after 48 hours of non-stop rain in the jungle.
Britney Spears’s younger sister, 32, sensationally left the camp last Wednesday claiming it was on ‘medical grounds’ but Nick has now disclosed that the stormy weather pushed her over the edge.
The Hollyoaks star, 48, said: ‘We had 12 days of rain and once for 48 hours it did not stop. That was the night Jamie Lynn went. She had told them before that she was going on her medical grounds.’
Viewers had seen the Disney child star cry on numerous occassions in the jungle as she told how she was missing her daughters Maddie, 15, and Ivey, five, which contributed to her swift departure.
ITV bosses previously told the Mail they were desperately hoping for a spell of good weather to boost morale after thunderstorms lashed the jungle for two weeks.