| Cyclone "Hamish" track forecasts and warnings
| Monday, March 9, 2009
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre
Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
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
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.
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