| WARNING!: Severe Cyclone "HAMISH" CATEGORY 4 CYCLONE
| 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 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
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
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
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 Londen time 11:53 AM