| WARNING!: Severe Cyclone "HAMISH" CATEGORY 5 CYCLONE
| Saturday, March 7, 2009
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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.
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
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 Londen time 11:31 PM