QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning for Cardwell to St Lawrence
QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cardwell to St Lawrence
Source: Bureau of Meteorology TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 15 Issued at 1:49 pm EST on Thursday 30 January 2014
A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from Cardwell to St Lawrence extending to adjacent inland areas, including Collinsville..
At 1:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Dylan, Category 1 was estimated to be 235 kilometres northeast of Townsville and 290 kilometres north of Proserpine and moving west southwest at 14 kilometres per hour towards the coast.
Tropical Cyclone Dylan has formed off the north Queensland coast and is expected to continue moving in a general southwesterly direction and gradually intensifying, before crossing the Queensland coast between Lucinda and Proserpine in the early hours of Friday morning.
The cyclone and a strong ridge of high pressure further south are combining to generate GALES at times along much of the east coast between Cardwell and St Lawrence. Winds are expected to increase further between Lucinda and St Lawrence, particularly about the Central Coast and Whitsundays district, during the remainder of today and extending to adjacent inland areas on Friday morning with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 120 kilometres per hour possible.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about coastal and adjacent inland areas of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin and the Central Coast and Whitsundays districts during today.
Coastal residents between Lucinda and St Lawrence, including Townsville are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide, particularly on the high tide today and on Friday. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.
A storm tide is expected between Cardwell and Lucinda, particularly on the high tide on Thursday and Friday. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.
A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for remaining coastal and island communities from Cooktown to Cardwell and from St Lawrence to Gladstone.
People between Cardwell and Mackay should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 5pm. - Information is available from your local government - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au) - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).
Details of Tropical Cyclone Dylan at 1:00 pm EST: .Centre located near...... 17.8 degrees South 148.4 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 35 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the west southwest at 14 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 95 kilometres per hour .Severity category........ 1 .Central pressure......... 987 hectoPascals