Cyclone Warning issued by Bureau of Meterology – 03.04.18

Cyclone Warning issued by Bureau of Meterology – 03.04.18

Tropical cyclone warning has now been declared for parts of the Lower Burdekin, Central Coast & Whitsunday Islands.

Abell Point Marina has begun preparations to pack down and secure the site. Please refer to our Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Procedure for the minimum requirements necessary for vessels berthed at Abell Point Marina in severe weather. If you are unable to ensure the safety of your vessel, please contact the marina office directly on 07 4946 2400.

ALL vessel owners, commercial operators and tenancies are advised to begin their preparations as per their plan and policy.

The below summarises the current advice from the BOM:

 

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 2

Issued at 5:15 am EST on Tuesday 3 April 2018

Headline:

Tropical cyclone warning has been declared for parts of the Lower Burdekin, Central Coast & Whitsunday Islands.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Ayr to Mackay, including the Whitsunday Islands.

Watch Zone

Mackay to St Lawrence.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Iris at 4:00 am AEST:

Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 100 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 140 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 17.4 degrees South 148.6 degrees East, estimated to be 310 kilometres east of Cairns and 285 kilometres northeast of Townsville.

Movement: south at 6 kilometres per hour.

Tropical cyclone Iris has continued to intensify while moving slowly south overnight and is now a category 2 cyclone.

Tropical cyclone Iris is expected to continue moving slowly to the south through most of today while continuing to intensify, before curving more to the southeast, parallel to the Queensland coast, on Wednesday. At this stage, the cyclone is not expected to cross the Queensland coast but may approach the coast close enough to produce significant impacts.

Hazards:

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS extend outwards to 100 kilometres from the centre and may impact the coastal fringe and islands between Bowen and Mackay, including the Whitsunday Islands, from early Wednesday morning.

GALES extend outwards to around 150 kilometres from the centre and may develop about coastal and island communities between Ayr and St Lawrence, including Mackay and the Whitsunday Islands, from this evening or early Wednesday morning, then extend south to St Lawrence later on Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding may develop during Tuesday and Wednesday. A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Rollingstone and St Lawrence.

Recommended Action:

People between Ayr and Mackay, including the Whitsunday Islands, should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property [using available daylight hours].

– 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).

People between Mackay 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 (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).

Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 8:00 am AEST Tuesday 03 April.


Joscelyn O'Keefe

Comments

  1. Janell Bulley Says: April 3, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Stay safe we are thinking of you all up there. The Bulleys BULLEYE

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