Townsville /Proserpine Threat

That tropical depression in the Coral sea is now deepening and is likely to develop into a Cyclone (contain gales) later today.

 

Here is the latest track map from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology:

 

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml

or http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

For more details see

http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20023.txt

IDQ20023
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12
Issued at 5:07 am EST on Thursday 30 January 2014

A Cyclone WARNING remains current for coastal and island communities from
Cardwell to St Lawrence.
The Cyclone WARNING between Cairns and Cardwell has been CANCELLED.

The Cyclone WATCH for communities through the eastern interior including
Charters Towers and Moranbah has been CANCELLED.

At 4:00 am EST a Tropical Low was estimated to be 365 kilometres northeast of
Townsville and 375 kilometres north northeast of Proserpine and moving west
southwest at 12 kilometres per hour towards the coast.

The tropical low is expected to move in a general southwest direction and
develop before crossing the Queensland coast between Lucinda and Proserpine on
Friday morning.

The low and a strong ridge of high pressure further south are combining to
generate GALES at times along much of the east coast between Cardwell and St
Lawrence. Winds are expected to increase further between Lucinda and St
Lawrence, and particularly about the Central Coast and Whitsundays district,
during today with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to 120 kilometres per hour possible.

Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop about
coastal and adjacent inland areas of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands,
Herbert and Lower Burdekin and the Central Coast and Whitsundays districts
during today.

Coastal residents between Lucinda and Mackay, including Townsville are
specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide, particularly on the high tide
today and on Friday. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well
above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas
close to the shoreline. 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 follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised
to do so by the authorities.

A storm tide is expected between Cardwell and Lucinda and also between Mackay
and St Lawrence, particularly on the high tide on Thursday and Friday. 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.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for remaining coastal and island
communities from Cooktown to Cardwell and from St Lawrence to Gladstone.

People between Cardwell and Mackay should take precautions and listen to the
next advice at 8am.
– Information is available from your local government
– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster
Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)
– For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on
132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on
buildings or roof damage).

Details of Tropical Low at 4:00 am EST:
.Centre located near…… 17.1 degrees South 149.4 degrees East
.Location accuracy…….. within 55 kilometres
.Recent movement………. towards the west southwest at 12 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre… 85 kilometres per hour
.Severity category…….. below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure……… 992 hectoPascals

The next advice will be issued by 8:00 am EST Thursday 30 January.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone