Saturday, March 8, 2014

QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cardwell to Proserpine

QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cardwell to Proserpine
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 5:21 pm EST on Saturday 8 March 2014

A Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal areas from Cardwell to

A Cyclone WATCH is now current for a developing tropical low for coastal and
island communities from Cairns to Cardwell and Proserpine to St Lawrence.

At 4:00 pm EST a Tropical Low was estimated to be
490 kilometres northeast of Townsville and
525 kilometres north of Hamilton Island and
moving northwest at 6 kilometres per hour.

The tropical low should slowly intensify and may develop into a tropical
cyclone before crossing the Queensland coast between Cardwell and Proserpine
overnight during Monday or Tuesday.

GALES may develop about coastal and island communities between Cardwell and
Proserpine during Sunday.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is possible about coastal and
nearby adjacent inland areas between Cooktown and Mackay from Sunday.

Coastal residents between Lucinda and Hamilton Island are specifically warned
of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. 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.

People between Cairns and St Lawrence should consider what action they will
need to take if the cyclone threat increases.
- Information is available from your local government
- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster
Management Services website (
- 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 Low at 4:00 pm EST:
.Centre located near...... 15.7 degrees South 149.5 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 55 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the northwest at 6 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 85 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure......... 998 hectoPascals

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