TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 4 Issued at 4:24 am EST on Wednesday 29 January 2014
A Cyclone WATCH is current for a developing tropical low for coastal and island communities from Port Douglas to Proserpine.
At 4:00 am EST a Tropical Low was estimated to be 590 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 630 kilometres northeast of Townsville and moving west southwest at 11 kilometres per hour towards the coast.
The tropical low is expected to move in a general west southwestwards direction over the next couple of days and may develop further as it approaches the Queensland east coast.
A strong ridge of high pressure extends through the Coral Sea to the south of the monsoon low. The two systems are currently combining to generate GALES at times along much of the east coast between Port Douglas and Proserpine. Winds are expected to increase further with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 120km/hr developing from late this afternoon and continuing into early Friday.
Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about coastal and adjacent inland areas of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Herbert and Lower Burdekin and northern parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays districts from late this afternoon and should continue into Friday.
As the cyclone approaches the coast, a storm tide is expected between Port Douglas and Proserpine, mainly on the high tide today, 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.
People between Port Douglas and Proserpine 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).
Details of Tropical Low at 4:00 am EST:
.Centre located near…… 15.3 degrees South 151.0 degrees East .Location accuracy…….. within 150 kilometres
.Recent movement………. towards the west southwest at 11 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre… 85 kilometres per hour .Severity category…….. below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure……… 995 hectoPascals
The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am EST Wednesday 29 January.
For further Weather Warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
SAND & SANDBAGS
From Wednesday morning, 29 January 2014 sand and sand bags will be available for residents to ‘self-fill’ from the following locations:
SES Shed at the rear of the Douglas Shire Council building in Front Street, Mossman
- Port Douglas Community Hall car park
Residents are advised to bring a spade for filling bags. For best results and effectiveness sand bags should be 2/3 full only. For further information on sand bags please contact Council Ph: 4099 9444.