| Severe Cyclone "Hamish" is expected to maintain a southeast track parallel to the Australian coast
| 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 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.
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