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  • Tropical cyclone Izilda
    Thursday, March 26, 2009
    Tropical cyclone Izilda struck Madagascar as a tropical storm at about 12:00 GMT on 26 March. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall was near 24.0 S, 42.8 E. Izilda brought 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/h (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may have been considerably higher.

    The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice.

    alertnet.org
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:18 PM  
    Tropical cyclone Jasper threatens New Caledonia
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    WELLINGTON, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The French authorities in New Caledonia have posted an "orange" alert in response to a tropical cyclone Jasper, which has formed in the past 12 hours in the Coral Sea, Oceania Flash reported on Tuesday.

    The "orange" alert has been placed on the Northern part of the main island.

    At the weekend, heavy down pour in most of New Caledonia has caused flooding in the northern parts of the main island.

    Over the past six hours, Jasper has been upgraded by Australian Bureau of Meteorology to a category two cyclone.

    Its movement speed is relatively fast and estimated at around 20 km per hour in an east-south-easterly direction.

    According to the Joint Tropical Warning Center from the U.S. Navy, Jasper currently bears a moderate wind speed (just over 50 knots, 95 km per hour) near its center, with an associated low pressure of 978 Hectopascal.

    But it has the potential to develop into a "significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours."

    If Jasper maintains its current track, it could approach the North-Western tip of New Caledonia's main island, the Grande Terre within the next 15 hours.

    xinhuanet
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:54 PM  
    Hurricane moving from Pacific to Kurils, storm warning made
    Wednesday, March 11, 2009
    YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, March 11 (Itar-Tass) - The Kuril Islands are going to be affected by a cyclone that is moving towards them from the Pacific Ocean. The cyclone will hit the islands фе the afternoon, its maximal wind force is forecasted to reach 37 metres per second.

    The Sakhalin-based hydrometeorology centre has issues a storm warning to all populated localities on the Kurils, the warning has also been transferred to the fleet in the area of the islands.

    According to weathermen, the hurricane will rage on the Kurils and adjacent water areas of the Sea of Okhotsk and Bering Sea during the whole coming night. The wind will begin to subside only on March 12 in the afternoon, according to forecasts.

    itar-tass
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 1:23 PM  
    Cyclone "Hamish" Information bulletin
    Tuesday, March 10, 2009


    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    TROPICAL CYCLONE INFORMATION BULLETIN
    For 11pm EST on Tuesday the 10th of March 2009

    At 10 pm EST Tuesday, Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish [Category 3] with central
    pressure 967 hPa was located off Fraser Island near latitude 24.7 south
    longitude 155.9 east, which is about 265 km east of Sandy Cape and 305 km east
    northeast of Double Is Pt.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish is currently slow moving and is expected to
    weaken further during Wednesday. Hamish is expected to take a more northerly
    track overnight.

    A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for Damaging Winds, Abnormally High
    Tides and Dangerous Surf for coastal and island communities between Sandy Cape
    and Coolangatta. People living in areas likely to be affected by these
    conditions should take measures to protect their property as much as possible
    and be prepared to help their neighbours.

    The next Information Bulletin will be issued by 5 am EST on Wednesday.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 1:51 PM  
    Cyclone "Hamish" track forecasts and warnings
    Monday, March 9, 2009

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
    warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 35
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 4:52am on Tuesday the 10th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING is current for northern parts of Fraser Island. A Cyclone
    WATCH is current for the mainland coast from Yeppoon to Tewantin. The cyclone
    warning for other offshore islands south of Yeppoon [including Heron and Lady
    Elliot Islands] has been downgraded to a cyclone WATCH.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE, is located off the
    Capricornia coast and at 4:00 am EST was estimated to be 290 kilometres east of
    Gladstone and 140 kilometres northeast of Sandy Cape, and has recently been
    moving south southeast at 11 kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish is expected to slow down and weaken during today.
    It is then forecast to change direction on Wednesday morning and begin to move
    west towards the coast as a weaker cyclone.

    Damaging winds are expected to continue to affect the northern part of Fraser
    Island during the next 24 hours.

    Damaging winds are not expected to develop about the mainland coast between
    Yeppoon and Tewantin or other offshore islands south of Yeppoon during the next
    24 hours, however they may develop later.

    Large waves generated by the cyclone may produce elevated sea levels and minor
    flooding along the foreshore south of Sandy Cape. 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.

    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 4:00 am EST:
    .Centre located near...... 23.7 degrees South 154.1 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 19 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the south southeast at 11 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 250 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 4
    .Central pressure......... 946 hectoPascals


    People on the northern part of Fraser Island should stay calm and remain in a
    secure shelter while the damaging winds continue.

    People on the mainland coast between Yeppoon and Tewantin and other offshore
    islands south of Yeppoon should consider what action they will need to take if
    the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the actions to be taken,
    information is available from your local government or local State Emergency
    Service.

    The next advice will be issued by 8:00 am EST Tuesday 10 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 8:29 PM  
    Severe Cyclone "Hamish" is expected to maintain a southeast track parallel to the Australian coast


    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
    warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 32
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 7:42pm on Monday the 9th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from
    Yeppoon to Hervey Bay. A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal and island
    communities from Hervey Bay to Tewantin.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE, is located off the
    Capricornia coast and at 7:00 pm EST was estimated to be 295 kilometres east of
    Yeppoon and 245 kilometres north northeast of Bundaberg, moving southeast at 15
    kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish poses a threat to exposed coastal and island
    communities between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay [including Heron, Fraser and Lady
    Elliot Islands]. The cyclone is expected to maintain a southeast track parallel
    to the coast during the next 12 to 18 hours hours. In the 18 to 48 hour period
    the cyclone is expected to become slow moving and weaken slightly.

    Damaging winds are expected to continue to affect exposed coasts and island
    communities between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay.

    Damaging winds are not expected to develop about coastal and island communities
    between Hervey Bay and Tewantin during the next 24 hours, however they may
    develop within 48 hours.

    As the cyclone moves to the southeast, sea levels are expected to be elevated
    above the normal tide along the coastline and 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.

    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 7:00 pm EST:
    .Centre located near...... 23.0 degrees South 153.6 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 15 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 250 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 4
    .Central pressure......... 945 hectoPascals

    People between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay should immediately commence or continue
    preparations, especially securing boats and property.

    People between Hervey Bay and Tewantin should consider what action they will
    need to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the
    actions to be taken, information is available from your local government or
    local State Emergency Service.

    The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Monday 09 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:06 AM  
    Latest satellite photo cat.4 cyclone "Hamish"
    Sunday, March 8, 2009
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:22 PM  
    Cyclone "Hamish" track forecasts and warnings

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
    warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 28
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 7:38am on Monday the 9th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from
    Yeppoon to Hervey Bay. A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal and island
    communities from Hervey Bay to Tewantin.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE, is located off the central
    Queensland coast and at 7:00 am EST was estimated to be 215 kilometres northeast
    of Yeppoon and 345 kilometres north of Bundaberg, moving southeast at 12
    kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish poses a threat to exposed coastal and island
    communities between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay [including Heron and Lady Elliot
    Islands]. The cyclone is expected to maintain a southeast track parallel to the
    coast during the next 24 hours and slowly weaken.

    Damaging winds are expected to affect exposed islands between Yeppoon and Hervey
    Bay, and may affect coastal areas in this region if the cyclone takes a more
    southerly track.

    Damaging winds are not expected to develop about coastal and island communities
    between Hervey Bay and Tewantin during the next 24 hours, however they may
    develop within 48 hours.

    As the cyclone moves to the southeast, sea levels are expected to be elevated
    above the normal tide along the coastline and large waves may produce minor
    flooding along the foreshore, particularly between Yeppoon and Gladstone on the
    high tide this morning. 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 has been issued for large southeasterly swells
    and inundation above the normal high tide between Proserpine and Yeppoon.


    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 7:00 am EST:
    .Centre located near...... 21.8 degrees South 152.2 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 12 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 250 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 4
    .Central pressure......... 945 hectoPascals
    People between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay should immediately commence or continue

    preparations, especially securing boats and property.

    People between Hervey Bay and Tewantin should consider what action they will
    need to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the
    actions to be taken, information is available from your local government or
    local State Emergency Service.

    The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am EST Monday 09 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:06 PM  
    Weather forecasters say "Hamish" weakening, unlikely to make landfall
    Weather forecasters say tropical cyclone Hamish is unlikely to hit the Queensland coast as it continues to whip up huge tides from the state's north to the Wide Bay region.

    The storm is still classified as category 4, but the Bureau of Meteorology says it is weakening. At about 5am AEST it was 230 kilometres north-east of Yeppoon and moving slowly south parallel to the central Queensland coast.

    Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour are still expected to hit areas between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay in the next 24 hours.

    High tides could cause localised flooding in the Wide Bay region.

    Weather bureau forecaster Ann Farrell says the system has weakened and is not likely to make landfall at all.

    "The situation's looking much improved on how it was during yesterday, but we're still not out of the woods and we should remain vigilant," she said.

    "There is a slight chance always with these things that they can move in towards the coast.

    "Should that do so, it would really require the environmental conditions probably to actually weaken the system before it did that. For the moment, it's more likely to remain offshore."

    The highest tides of the year have been recorded along parts of the coastline overnight.

    Forecaster Manfred Greitschus says some of those tides may be moving up onto the coast north of the cyclone warning zone.

    "Up around Mackay and even up onto the coast just south of Proserpine," he said.

    "As the cyclone moves south, the winds will gradually increase further south down towards Lady Elliot Island and Herron Island over the next 24 hours."


    Islands evacuated

    Lady Elliot Island and Herron Island have both been evacuated.

    Tourists have been also evacuated from Great Keppel Island, off Yeppoon, about 20 residents are staying put.

    Lou Stokes, who runs the local store, is among about residents still on the island.

    Ms Stokes says the wind has picked up but there has been little rain so far.

    "We're pretty well battened down all ready for whatever happens," she said.

    "We've got marine radio that if our phone lines go down, which we're hoping they won't and SES [State Emergency Service] have been in contact with us as well.

    "Warnings have been good. We actually had a get together about 1pm AEST today and just sort of chatted through what anything that we felt necessary, but everybody's pretty happy with how they've battened down and we're all ready for it."

    The SES has sandbagged 500 homes in the Yeppoon area and another 80 at nearby Emu Park, and set up a command centre with 20 volunteers are on standby in case weather conditions deteriorate.

    The Yeppoon Base Hospital was evacuated yesterday, with patients being transferred to Rockhampton hospitals.

    Residents are being told to consider getting out by tonight and not wait until the last minute.

    Strong winds are expected to develop between Shoalwater Bay and Gladstone, extending south over other exposed coastal and island communities to Bundaberg.

    Forecaster Tony Wedd says heavy rain is expected in the next 24 hours or so.

    "The really heavy rain bands have stayed off the coast, sort of been clustered around the centre of the cyclone," he said.

    "But there is the chance that heavy rainfall may develop about the coast between about St Lawrence and Bundaberg as some of those peripheral rain bands move on shore."


    Wide Bay on alert

    Emergency crews have met with local authorities across the Wide Bay region where the cyclone had been predicted to make landfall on Tuesday.

    Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) spokesman Frank Pagano says residents need to be on alert.

    "We're particularly interested in people living in low-lying areas and they should be prepared to move if the circumstances arrive," he said.

    Mr Pagano says there are no mass evacuations in the area at this stage.

    Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts says preparations are well advanced in the Wide Bay region.

    "The current computer modelling shows it moving slightly away from the coast, but the potential to move closer to the coast on Tuesday," he said.

    "So it still poses a significant threat particularly to the Bundaberg through to Hervey Bay area and there is a lot of planning underway to ensure that we have appropriate preparations if that occurs."

    Local councils are warning residents not to be complacent.

    Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger is warning residents to make the necessary safety measures.

    "Take all the precautions you should. If you believe you're vulnerable, the advice is if you've got a friend in a higher area or a family, move out," he said.


    'Necessary precautions'

    The Fraser Coast South-Burnett Regional Tourism Board's David Hay says says a decision will be made this afternoon whether 150 tourists from a resort on Fraser Island need to be evacuated.

    "We've made preparations in case the cyclone does come our way," he said.

    "If it does it'll be early on Tuesday, so we'll assess the situation as it unfolds and should we need to ask people to move off the island completely and out of the resort we'll do that on Monday afternoon.

    "I think everyone is keeping their sense of humour.

    "There's certainly some people that we've been speaking to who've recently experienced flooding in north Queensland are now seeing a potential cyclone here hitting the coast as well.

    "But generally people understand and obviously for their safety we need to take the necessary precautions."

    Campers have already been evacuated from the island.

    Mr Hay is optimistic the area will be able to recover quickly.

    "Hopefully it'll be a blip on the radar and it'll pass quickly and not cause much damage," he said.

    "I think overall in terms of once the weather events are over, our numbers will be fine and there's plenty of people international and Australian visitors moving up and down the coast on that pattern there so there won't be a significant effect there unless it causes a reasonable amount of damage."

    abc.net.au
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:47 PM  
    Thousands flee cyclone Hamish
    Mar. 8 - Thousands of tourists and residents have been evacuated from island resorts on Australia's Great Barrier Reef ahead of powerful tropical cyclone.

    Australia's weather bureau had earlier warned that Tropical Cyclone Hamish could cause substantial damage and flooding, with the storm at its height packing winds of up to 295 kph (177 mph). Speaker: QUEENSLAND STATE PREMIER, ANNA BLIGH



    reuters
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:41 PM  
    Huge tides batter coast as Hamish moves south
    Huge tides are sweeping the coast from Queensland's north to the Wide Bay region as Cyclone Hamish moves south.

    The category 4 storm is about 235 kilometres north, north-east of Yeppoon and is maintaining its intensity as it moves south-east.

    The weather bureau says winds up to 250 kilometres an hour are generating huge swells off the Wide Bay coast.

    Forecaster Manfred Greitschus says the highest tides of the year have been recorded along parts of Queensland's coastline overnight.

    "Some of those may be moving up onto the coast north of the cyclone warning zone up round Mackay and even up onto the coast just south of Proserpine," he said.

    "As the cyclone moves south the winds will gradually increase further south down towards Lady Elliot Island and Herron Island over the next 24 hours."


    Islands evacuated

    Both islands have been evacuated.

    While tourists have been also evacuated from Great Keppel Island, off Yeppoon, about 20 residents are staying put.

    Lou Stokes, who runs the local store, is among about residents still on the island.

    Ms Stokes says the wind has picked up but there has been little rain so far.

    "We're pretty well battened down all ready for whatever happens," she said.

    "We've got marine radio that if our phone lines go down which we're hoping they won't and SES have been in contact with us as well.

    "Warnings have been good we actually had a get together about 1:00pm AEST today and just sort of chatted through what anything that we felt necessary but everybody's pretty happy with how they've battened down and yeah we're all ready for it."

    The State Emergency Service (SES) has sandbagged 500 homes in the Yeppoon area and another 80 at nearby Emu Park, as well as setting up a command centre with 20 volunteers are on standby in case weather conditions deteriorate.

    The Yeppoon Base Hospital was evacuated yesterday, with patients being transferred to Rockhampton hospitals.

    Residents are being told to consider getting out by tonight and not wait until the last minute.

    Strong winds are expected to develop between Shoalwater Bay and Gladstone, extending south over other exposed coastal and island communities to Bundaberg.

    The weather bureau says the cyclone is expected to maintain its intensity as it moves towards the coast.

    Forecaster Tony Wedd says heavy rain is expected in the next 24 hours or so.

    "The really heavy rain bands have stayed off the coast sort of been clustered around the centre of the cyclone," he said.

    "But there is the chance that heavy rainfall may develop about the coast between about St Lawrence and Bundaberg as some of those peripheral rain bands move on shore."


    Wide Bay on alert

    Emergency crews have met with local authorities across the Wide Bay region where the cyclone is predicted to make landfall on Tuesday.

    Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) spokesman Frank Pagano says residents need to be on alert.

    "We're particularly interested in people living in low-lying areas and they should be prepared to move if the circumstances arrive," he said.

    Mr Pagano says there are no mass evacuations in the area at this stage.

    Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts says preparations are well advanced in the Wide Bay region.

    "The current computer modelling shows it moving slightly away from the coast but the potential to move closer to the coast on Tuesday," he said.

    "So it still poses a significant threat particularly to the Bundaberg through to Hervey Bay area and there is a lot of planning underway to ensure that we have appropriate preparations if that occurs."

    Local councils are warning residents not to be complacent.

    Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger is warning residents to make the necessary safety measures.

    "Take all the precautions you should if you believe you're vulnerable the advice is if you've got a friend in a higher area or a family, move out," he said.


    'Necessary precautions'

    The Fraser Coast South-Burnett Regional Tourism Board's David Hay says says a decision will be made on Monday afternoon whether 150 tourists from a resort on Fraser Island need to be evacuated.

    "We've made preparations in case the cyclone does come our way," he said.

    "If it does it'll be early on Tuesday, so we'll assess the situation as it unfolds and should we need to ask people to move off the island completely and out of the resort we'll do that on Monday afternoon.

    "I think everyone is keeping their sense of humour there's certainly some people that we've been speaking to who've recently experienced flooding in north Queensland and are now seeing a potential cyclone here hitting the coast as well.

    "But generally people understand and obviously for their safety we need to take the necessary precautions."

    Campers have already been evacuated from the island.

    Mr Hay is optimistic the area will be able to recover quickly.

    "Hopefully it'll be a blip on the radar and it'll pass quickly and not cause much damage," he said.

    "I think overall in terms of once the weather events over our numbers will be fine and there's plenty of people international and Australian visitors moving up and down the coast on that pattern there so there won't be a significant effect there unless it causes a reasonable amount of damage."

    abc
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 10:37 PM  
    Severe Cyclone "HAMISH" CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE ADVICE


    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
    warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 26
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 1:41am on Monday the 9th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from Saint
    Lawrence to Bundaberg. A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal and island
    communities from Bundaberg to Tewantin.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE, is located off the central
    Queensland coast and at 1:00 am EST was estimated to be 260 kilometres east of
    Mackay and 225 kilometres north northeast of Yeppoon, moving southeast at 12
    kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish poses a threat to exposed coastal and island
    communities between Saint Lawrence and Bundaberg [including the Percy group of
    islands and Heron Island]. The cyclone is expected to maintain a southeast track
    parallel to the coast during the next 24 hours.

    Damaging winds are currently occurring in exposed coastal areas and islands
    between Shoalwater Bay and Gladstone and are expected to extend south over other
    exposed coastal and island communities to Bundaberg during Monday.

    Damaging winds are not expected to develop about coastal and island communities
    between Bundaberg and Tewantin during the next 24 hours, however they may
    develop within 48 hours.

    As the cyclone moves to the southeast, sea levels are expected to be elevated
    above the normal tide along the coastline. 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.

    Areas of heavy rainfall are likely to develop between Yeppoon and Tewantin on
    Monday.


    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 1:00 am EST:
    .Centre located near...... 21.3 degrees South 151.7 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 12 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 250 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 4
    .Central pressure......... 945 hectoPascals


    People between Saint Lawrence and Bundaberg should immediately commence or
    continue preparations, especially securing boats and property.

    People between Bundaberg and Tewantin should consider what action they will need
    to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the actions to
    be taken, information is available from your local government or local State
    Emergency Service.

    The next advice will be issued by 5:00 am EST Monday 09 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 6:36 PM  
    Thousands flee as cyclone menaces Australian coast
    SYDNEY (AFP) — Thousands of holidaymakers fled one of Australia's top tourist destinations Sunday as a tropical cyclone lashed the country's northeast coast.

    Authorities in Queensland state ordered the evacuation of Fraser Island as Tropical Cyclone Hamish approached the World Heritage-listed site shortly after it was upgraded to a category five storm, the most severe on the weather scale.

    The cyclone has been tracking south about 120 kilometres (75 miles) off the Queensland coast, but meteorologists warn its path is unpredictable and it could veer onto the mainland, potentially sparking a major disaster.

    Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said three islands were evacuated Sunday -- Fraser, Heron and Lady Elliot -- bringing the total number of tourist islands cleared to five.

    "The biggest evacuation is occurring off Fraser Island, where we have around 3,000 people," Roberts told Sky News.

    Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, is a popular destination for travellers to Australia who are attracted by its rainforests, spectacular beaches and the chance to see dingoes in the wild.

    Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh has warned that if the cyclone makes land, it could be more destructive than Cyclone Larry in 2006, which caused an estimated 500 million dollars (321 million US) in damage to crops and infrastructure.

    Even it it remains offshore, the storm could cause major flooding, high seas and wind gusts reaching up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) an hour.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:48 PM  
    WARNING! :"HAMISH" Very high to phenomenal seas

    HIGH SEAS WEATHER WARNING FOR METAREA 10 ISSUED BY THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF
    METEOROLOGY, BRISBANE 0734 UTC 8 March 2009

    HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING FOR NORTH EASTERN AREA

    SITUATION
    At 0600 UTC Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish was centred within 15 nautical miles
    of latitude twenty decimal eight south [20.8S] longitude one hundred and fifty
    decimal eight east [150.8E]
    Recent movement : southeast at 7 knots
    Maximum winds : 90 knots
    Central pressure: 950 hPa
    AREA AFFECTED
    Within 100 nautical miles of the centre.

    FORECAST
    Clockwise winds above 63 knots within 30 nautical miles of the centre, reaching
    90 knots close to the centre. Very high to phenomenal seas.

    Clockwise winds 48/63 knots elsewhere within 55 nautical miles of the centre.
    High to very high seas.

    Clockwise winds 34/47 knots elsewhere within 100 nautical miles of the centre.
    Very rough to high seas.

    Forecast positions
    At 1800 UTC 08 March: Within 45 nautical miles of 21.8 south 151.7 east
    Central pressure 950 hPa.
    Winds to 90 knots near centre.
    At 0600 UTC 09 March: Within 75 nautical miles of 22.5 south 152.7 east
    Central pressure 950 hPa.
    Winds to 90 knots near centre.
    REMARKS
    All ships in the area please send weather reports every three hours. Regular
    weather observing ships use normal channels.
    Other ships please use either email to marwxqld@bom.gov.au or fax to
    +61732398776 or satellite to SAC 1241 through Land Earth Station Perth 212.
    Next warning will be issued by 1300 UTC 08 March 2009.

    WEATHER BRISBANE
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 12:25 PM  
    WARNING!: Severe Cyclone "HAMISH" CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
    warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 24
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 7:50pm on Sunday the 8th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from Saint
    Lawrence to Bundaberg [including the Percy group of islands].
    A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal and island communities from
    Bundaberg to Tewantin.

    The Cyclone WARNING from Mackay to Saint Lawrence has been cancelled.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE, is located off the north
    Queensland coast and at 7:00 pm EST was estimated to be 235 kilometres northeast
    of St Lawrence and 255 kilometres north of Yeppoon, moving southeast at 13
    kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish poses a significant threat to coastal and island
    communities between Saint Lawrence and Bundaberg [including the Percy group of
    islands]. The cyclone is expected to maintain a southeast track parallel to the
    coast during the next 24 to 48 hours.

    Damaging wind gusts are expected to affect coastal and island communities
    between Saint Lawrence and Bundaberg during the next 24 hours.

    Destructive winds are expected to affect island communities between Saint
    Lawrence and Bundaberg [including the Percy group of islands] during the next 24
    hours.

    Damaging winds are not expected to develop about coastal and island communities
    between Bundaberg and Tewantin during the next 24 hours, however they may
    develop within 48 hours.

    As the cyclone moves to the southeast, sea levels are expected to be elevated
    above the normal tide along the coastline south of the cyclone. 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.

    Areas of heavy rainfall are likely to develop between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay
    on Monday.


    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 7:00 pm EST:
    .Centre located near...... 20.9 degrees South 151.2 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 13 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 230 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 4
    .Central pressure......... 949 hectoPascals

    People between Saint Lawrence and Bundaberg [including the Percy group of
    islands] should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially
    securing boats and property.

    People between Bundaberg and Tewantin should consider what action they will need
    to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the actions to
    be taken, information is available from your local government or local State
    Emergency Service.


    The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Sunday 08 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:53 AM  
    WARNING!: Severe Cyclone "HAMISH" CATEGORY 5 CYCLONE
    Saturday, March 7, 2009

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: Transmitters serving the area between the Whitsunday Islands and
    Shoalwater Bay are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before
    broadcasting the following warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 20
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 7:53am on Sunday the 8th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from Bowen
    to Bundaberg. A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal and island communities
    from Bundaberg to Tewantin.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 5 CYCLONE, is located off the north
    Queensland coast and at 7:00 am EST was estimated to be 145 kilometres east
    northeast of Hayman Is and 195 kilometres north northeast of Mackay, moving
    south southeast at 17 kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish poses a VERY SIGNIFICANT THREAT to coastal and
    island communities Bowen and Bundaberg. The cyclone is expected to maintain a
    southeast track parallel to the coast during the next 24 to 48 hours.

    Damaging wind gusts are expected to affect coastal and island communities
    between Bowen and Bundaberg during the next 24 hours.

    Destructive winds are expected to affect exposed coastal and island communities
    between the Whitsunday Islands and Yeppoon during the next 24 hours. However,
    the very destructive core of Cyclone Hamish is no longer expected to impact on
    the Whitsunday Islands.

    Damaging winds are not expected to develop about coastal and island communities
    between Bundaberg and Tewantin during the next 24 hours, however they may
    develop within 48 hours.

    As the cyclone moves to the southeast, sea levels are expected to be elevated
    above the normal tide along the coastline south of the cyclone. 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.

    Heavy rainbands associated with Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish are likely to
    cause some flooding in smaller coastal rivers and streams between Mackay and
    Yeppoon during Sunday and into Monday. Heavy rainfalls are likely to affect the
    coastal streams between Yeppoon to Maryborough during Monday and Tuesday. A
    separate Flood Warning has been issued for these areas.


    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 7:00 am EST:
    .Centre located near...... 19.7 degrees South 150.2 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the south southeast at 17 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 295 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 5
    .Central pressure......... 925 hectoPascals

    People between Bowen and Bundaberg should immediately commence or continue
    preparations, especially securing boats and property.

    People between Bundaberg and Tewantin should consider what action they will need
    to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the actions to
    be taken, information is available from your local government or local State
    Emergency Service.


    The next advice will be issued by 11:00 am EST Sunday 08 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 11:31 PM  
    Current photo "Hamish"
    posted by Moderator Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Londen time 1:09 PM  
    Tropical Cyclone Warning "HAMISH"

    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    Queensland
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

    Media: Transmitters serving the area between Bowen and Mackay are requested to
    USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the following
    warning.

    TOP PRIORITY
    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE
    Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
    Issued at 7:44pm on Saturday the 7th of March 2009

    A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from
    Townsville to Yeppoon. A Cyclone WATCH remains current for coastal and island
    communities from Yeppoon to Hervey Bay.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a category 4 cyclone, at 7:00 pm EST was
    estimated to be 205 kilometres north of Hayman Is and 225 kilometres northeast
    of Ayr, moving southeast at 17 kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish has continued to intensify and is expected to
    maintain a southeast track parallel to the coast.

    Damaging wind gusts may affect coastal and island communities between Townsville
    and Yeppoon during the next 24 hours.

    DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may affect coastal and island communities between Ayr and St
    Lawrence. VERY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may affect the Whitsunday Islands early Sunday
    morning as the Cyclone passes to the east.

    Damaging wind gusts may develop about coastal and island communities between
    Yeppoon and Hervey Bay [including Heron Island] within 24 to 48 hours.

    As the cyclone moves to the south-east, sea levels are expected to be elevated
    above the normal tide along the coastline south of the cyclone. 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.

    Areas of heavy rainfall may cause flooding in some coastal streams and rivers
    between Bowen and Rockhampton during the next 24 hours.


    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 7:00 pm EST:
    .Centre located near...... 18.2 degrees South 149.0 degrees East
    .Location accuracy........ within 19 kilometres
    .Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 17 kilometres per hour
    .Wind gusts near centre... 275 kilometres per hour
    .Severity category........ 4
    .Central pressure......... 940 hectoPascals

    People between Townsville and Yeppoon should immediately commence or continue
    preparations, especially securing boats and property.

    People between Yeppoon and Hervey Bay should consider what action they will need
    to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the actions to
    be taken, information is available from your local government or local State
    Emergency Service.


    The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Saturday 07 March.


    This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
    website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
    Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

    bom.gov.au
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