| Severe Cyclone "HAMISH" CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE ADVICE
| Sunday, March 8, 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 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
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
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.
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