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  1. The Pom Queen

    Tropical Cyclone Advice for NT/QLD

    IDQ20023Australian Government Bureau of MeteorologyQueenslandTropical Cyclone Warning CentreMedia: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with thiswarning.PRIORITYTROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 1Issued at 7:58 am EST on Saturday 17 March 2012A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for a developing tropical low for coastalareas from NT/Qld Border to Cape Keerweer, including Mornington and SweersIslands.At 7:00 am EST [6:30 am CST] a Tropical Low was estimated to be170 kilometres east of Mornington Island and160 kilometres southwest of Kowanyama andmoving east northeast at 16 kilometres per hour towards the southern Gulf ofCarpentaria coast.The low may develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours.The TROPICAL LOW is expected to develop further over the next couple of daysand become slow moving over southern Gulf of Carpentaria waters today.GALES are expected to develop out to 170 kilometres out from the centre and arepossible between the NT/Qld border and Cape Keerweer by Monday morning.A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for Heavy Rainfall and AbnormallyHigh Tides for parts of the Gulf Country and Peninsula districts.People between the NT/Qld border and Cape Keerweer should consider what actionthey will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.- Information is available from your local government- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's DisasterManagement Services website (http://www.disaster.qld.gov.au)- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees onbuildings or roof damage).Details of Tropical Low at 7:00 am EST [6:30 am CST]:.Centre located near...... 16.6 degrees South 140.8 degrees East.Location accuracy........ within 75 kilometres.Recent movement.......... towards the east northeast at 16 kilometres per hour.Wind gusts near centre... 85 kilometres per hour and INTENSIFYING.Severity category........ below cyclone intensity.Central pressure......... 994 hectoPascalsThe next advice will be issued by 11:00 am EST Saturday 17 March [10:30 am CSTSaturday 17 March].This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau'swebsite at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the StateEmergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone
  2. The Pom Queen

    Tropical Cyclone Watch - NT

    TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCH TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 1 Issued at 11:27 am CST [9:57 am WST] on Monday 12 March 2012 A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Cape Hotham to Kalumburu including Darwin and the Tiwi Islands . At 9:30 am CST [8:00 am WST] a Tropical Low was estimated to be 155 kilometres north northwest of Bathurst Island and 265 kilometres north northwest of Darwin and moving west at 7 kilometres per hour parallel to the coast. There is the possibility of a cyclone developing but GALES are not expected in coastal areas within the next 24 hours, however gales could develop later. The Territory Controller advises communities under Watch that now is the time to put together your emergency kit, clear your yards and balconies, and commence home shelter preparations. Residents of Darwin and Rural Areas are advised that if you DO NOT have accommodation constructed to the Building Code or are unsure of your present accommodation you should determine which public emergency shelter to use. This advice is issued to allow you sufficient time in which to take the necessary precautions before winds reach a dangerous level. FESA-State Emergency Service advises that there are no community alerts at present. Communities between Kalumburu and the NT Border should listen for the next advice. Details of Tropical Low at 9:30 am CST [8:00 am WST]: .Centre located near...... 10.3 degrees South 129.8 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 85 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the west at 7 kilometres per hour .Central pressure......... 1001 hectoPascals
  3. The Pom Queen

    Australias Worst Cyclones

    1899 - CYCLONE MAHINA (Category 5) More than 400 people perished after Cyclone Mahina hit Bathurst Bay on 4 March 1899. The cyclone is considered to be the worst natural disaster in Australia's history. One hundred of the people who died were on pearling fleet vessels, while another 100 were local Aborigines. 1918 - CYCLONE MACKAY (Category 4) When the cyclone hit Mackay on 21 January, it destroyed all communication links into the town. Thirty people died in the tragedy, and the rest of the world didn't know anything about it until five days later. 1918 - CYCLONE INNISFAIL (Category 5) On the 10 March 1918, when Innisfail, Qld, was hit by a cyclone, it was a town of 3,500 people. Following the disaster, just 12 houses remained. Thirty-seven people died in Innisfail, while an additional 40-60 died in surrounding areas. 1970 - CYCLONE ADA (Category 4) A total of 14 people died as a result of Category 4 Cyclone Ada, that caused severe damage to resorts on Queensland's Whitsunday Islands in January 1970. Daydream, South Molle and Hayman islands were affected. The damage bill was estimated at $390 million (1970 value). 1971 - CYCLONE ALTHEA (Category 4) Severe Tropical Cyclone Althea was at the time considered to be one of the strongest cyclones to affect the Queensland coast. There were three deaths in Townsville and damage costs in the region reached $50 million (1971 value). Many houses were damaged or destroyed, including 200 Housing Commission homes. On Magnetic Island 90 per cent of the houses were damaged or destroyed. 1972 - CYCLONE EMILY (Category 2) Emily crossed the Queensland coast in late March 1972, just to the southeast of Gladstone, Qld. Wind damage was confined to trees and sheds; however, the cyclone had been very severe before it hit land, generating huge seas that claimed the lives of eight seaman in three separate incidents off the southern and central Queensland coasts. 1974 - CYCLONE TRACY (Category 4) Tracy, a Category 4, struck Darwin in the Northern Territory on Christmas Eve 1974. It remains Australia's most destructive with winds of around 250km/h. Seventy-one people were killed, and many thousands injured. Of a population of 43,000, more than 25,000 were left homeless, according to the Australian government. 1975 - CYCLONE JOAN (Category 5) Joan was a severe tropical cyclone with maximum measured wind gusts of 208 km/h. It damaged 85 per cent of the houses in Port Hedland, 600 km south west of Broome, WA, and other settlements along its path. Subsequent flooding damaged roads and sections of the iron ore railways, particularly that of Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd. Sheep losses were heavy but there was no loss of human life or serious injury. The estimated damage to private property and public facilities is believed to have exceeded $25 million. 1978 - CYCLONE ALBY (Category 4) Tropical Cyclone Alby passed close to the southwest corner of WA on 4 April 1978, killing five people and causing widespread but mostly minor damage to the southwest. The damage bill was estimated to be $39 million (2003 dollars). Storm surge and large waves caused coastal inundation and erosion from Perth to Busselton, while fires fanned by the very strong winds burned an estimated 114,000 hectares of forest and farming land. 1986 - CYCLONE WINIFRED (Category 3) Winifred became a cyclone on 27 January 1986, about 450 km north of Cairns. She crossed the coast south of Innisfail on 1 February, leading to three deaths – one during the storm, one as a result of associated flooding and a third from severe injuries sustained during the event. The best estimate of damage cost is between $130 and $150 million, most of this being crop losses to the value of about $90 million. 1989 - CYCLONE ORSON (Category 4) Orson was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones to affect the West Australian coast. It crossed the coast on April 23 at Cape Preston, 70 km west of Karratha. Five hours earlier the eye of the cyclone passed over North Rankin gas platform where the minimum pressure recorded was 905 hPa, the lowest ever in an Australian cyclone. Several Indonesian fishing vessels were reportedly sunk by the cyclone in the vicinity of Ashmore Island, with at least four lives lost. The total damage cost was estimated to be in excess of $20 million. 1995 - CYCLONE BOBBY (Category 4) Severe Tropical Cyclone Bobby moved slowly and erratically along the Pallara coast (middle of WA's coast, near Exmouth), crossing it just to the east of Onslow on 25 February 1995. Seven lives were lost when two fishing trawlers were sunk off the coast from Onslow, while one motorist drowned while attempting to cross a flooded creek near Carnarvon. 1997 - CYCLONE JUSTIN (Category 3) Severe Tropical Cyclone Justin crossed the Queensland coast as a category two cyclone northwest of Cairns on 22 March 1997. The combined effects of heavy rain, large seas and gale- to storm-force winds caused widespread damage in the region between Cairns and Townsville and the loss of two lives. Earlier in Justin's lifecycle, 30 people were killed in Papua New Guinea and five people died when their yacht was destroyed. Justin was reportedly responsible for an estimated loss of $150 million to the agricultural industry alone. 2005 - CYCLONE INGRID (Category 4/5) Cyclone Ingrid was unusual in that it impacted three states and territories in March 2005. It crossed the far north Queensland coast near Lockhart River as a Category 4. It intensified into a Category 5 as it impacted on the Northern Territory coastline before weakening and building back up to category four as it crossed WA's Kimberley coast. Large sea swells outside of Australia's warning area caused a boat to capsize near Kerema in Papua New Guinea, resulting in the loss of five lives. There were no reports of serious injury or death in Australia. 2006 - CYCLONE LARRY (Category 4) 2006 - Cyclone Larry crossed the north Queensland coast near Innisfail as a Category 4 system on March 20, 2006. The cyclone damaged 10,000 homes in the region and hit farmers hard. The Federal Government put the damage bill at $1.5 billion. No lives were lost and no serious injuries were reported. 2007 - CYCLONE GEORGE (Category 5) Severe Tropical Cyclone George was both very intense and physically large. George was the most destructive cyclone to affect Port Hedland, WA since 1975. Reported impacts include three fatalities and numerous injuries at locations south of Port Hedland. Damage was estimated at $6.2 million. 2011 - CYCLONE YASI (Category 5) Cyclone Yasi crossed the Queensland coast at Mission Beach and Tully, south of Cairns. It is the worst cyclone to hit Australia since 1918, with 290 km/h winds.
  4. The Pom Queen

    Above Average Cyclone Activity

    THE Bureau of Meteorology predicts that Far North Queensland has a 65 per cent chance of observing above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is three or four. Tropical cyclone activity in the Australian region (5°S-40°S, 90°E-160°E) is likely to be above average this coming season. The outlook suggests a 80% chance of having more than the long-term average number of cyclones in the Australian region during the 2011-12 season. (For more info about average tropical cyclone activity and La Niña events see info about Tropical cyclone average conditions.) This outlook is based upon the status of the El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) over the preceding July to September period. During this period in 2011, neutral to borderline La Niña conditions were present. Historically, these conditions have favoured an above average number of cyclones in the Australian region. The outlook favours the following scenarios for the coming season: The whole Australian Region has an 80% chance of having more than the long-term average number of cyclones. The long-term average is twelve. The Western Region has a 65% chance of observing above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is seven. The North-western Sub-region has a 60% chance of above average number of tropical cyclones. The long-term average is five. The Northern Region has a 60% chance of above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is two or three cyclones. The Eastern Region has a 65% chance of observing above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is three or four. Before a tropical cyclone forms it is difficult to predict its exact strength and path, including whether it will make landfall. Along the east and west coasts fewer than half of the cyclones affect the coast, with most staying out to sea. Conversely, along the north coast more than half of the cyclones impact the coast. Tropical cyclones which remain out to sea can still cause storm surges, gales and areas of intense rain over land. During the cyclone season, ensure you are well informed of any warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology and instructions from local Emergency Services authorities.
  5. janine the party queen

    Cyclone watch....again !!!!!

    We are back on cyclone watch with a tropical low off the Tiwi Islands threatening to turn into a Cat 1 by Friday. Never thought I would say this but...........I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE RAIN !!!!!!! I swear I have rising damp,foot rot and fungus growths................lol
  6. The Pom Queen

    Cyclone Carlos - Northern Territory

    Hope everyone is safe:hug::hug:
  7. The Pom Queen

    Cyclone Yasi UPDATES

    I have created a thread re Cyclone Yasi, they say it is going to be the worst one to ever cross Australian shores. Here is an update: [YOUTUBE]489774VefRw[/YOUTUBE]
  8. Guest

    Sorry, Cyclone Again.

    Well, it looks as if cyclone Yasi is going to be the worst for generations to hit FNQ, I know it has been said time and again on here, but thought I would put my own thoughts. Cairns is really the only place I can speak of, I have stayed very many times in FNQ, but Cairns has been the place that means the most to me, and many others I would imagine. My youngest was born there, :notworthy::wubclub:, me and the better half spent many a happy year there, and at times Cairns was my 'salvation' if you will. To think of Palm Cove Esplanade being destroyed is at times a little bit too much to bare. I spent many a drunken day/night at Petes Place, a small cafe that had one of my best mates working there, and the amount of 'free' fish and chips we got were unbelievable. I also stayed in a Backpackers down a tiny track about 2 kilometres from the ocean front. It is no longer there now, but The Retreat was indeed that for me, a retreat away from the real world. I spent much of my time at Palm Cove jetty wetting a line, the thought of this being destroyed fills me with dread. Cairns (amongst others) is a unique part of Australia, one where friendliness and welcome are a by word in the Aussie psyche. The happiness and fulfilment I felt there, (and hope to again) is beyond description. It is a place that is very special to me, and all I can do is sit and watch as many people try their best to get through a truly awful situation. I have many friends up there who I haven't been able to contact, most of them will be in The Tavern, :eek:, some will be with friends and family and some will be going to higher ground. But all in all, it is going to be a fecking awful time for all of them. It truly makes my heart sink when I think of the Cairns I know and love, and maybe it will be changed radically, but the one thing will remain. The people up there are a hardy breed, and they will look after each other and get each and every one of them through this. They are a people of immense compassion and 'mateship', and all I can do is wish them the best and hope they are ALL OK. We all have our own problems, our own crosses to bare, but at times like this you realise that others are more often than not far worse off than yourself. I am sure Cairns will come thorough this, but it will take time, but the people in Cairns are some of the most resilient and hardy I know, good luck to them all I say. Cheers Tony.
  9. Lexi

    Cyclone Yasi

    I hope everyone is Mackay and surrounding areas that are at risk of being hit by cyclone yasi stay safe and well. I cant imagine how scared I am going to be when I live there and something like this happens.
  10. The Pom Queen

    Ex Cyclone Bianca

    IDW24100 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Western Australia Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning. TOP PRIORITY TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 48 Issued at 6:10 am WST on Sunday 30 January 2011 The Cyclone WARNING for coastal areas from Jurien Bay to Albany, including Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury and Busselton has been CANCELLED. At 5:00 am WST Tropical Cyclone Bianca, Category 1 was estimated to be 435 kilometres west northwest of Perth moving east southeast at 23 kilometres per hour. Bianca is rapidly weakening and is expected to be below cyclone intensity today before it reaches the coast. However, tides between Jurien Bay and Dunsborough will be higher than normal and are likely to rise above the highest astronomical tide level on Sunday evening. ROUGH SEAS, DANGEROUS SURF, COASTAL EROSION and FLOODING of LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS are possible. Please refer to the Severe Weather Warning [iDW28001] for further information. Heavy rainfall is expected south of a line Bunbury to Albany this morning however extensive flooding is not expected. Please refer to Fire Weather Warning [iDW30000] for further information regarding the Very High to Severe Fire Dangers near the west coast north of Bunbury and through the Central Wheat Belt. Details of Tropical Cyclone Bianca at 5:00 am WST: .Centre located near...... 31.1 degrees South 111.4 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 55 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the east southeast at 23 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 100 kilometres per hour .Severity category........ 1 .Central pressure......... 990 hectoPascals No further advices will be issued for this system. Cyclone advices and State Emergency Service Community Alerts are available by dialling 1300 659 210 A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: Current Tropical Cyclones
  11. The Pom Queen

    Cyclone Anthony Warning Extended

    IDQP0005 Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Media: Transmitters serving the area between Cardwell and Sarina and adjacent inland areas are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the following warning. TOP PRIORITY TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11 Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane Issued at 10:54am EST on Sunday the 30th of January 2011 The Cyclone WARNING has been extended to coastal and island communities from Cardwell to Sarina. At 10:00 am EST Tropical Cyclone Anthony, Category 1 was estimated to be 440 kilometres east northeast of Townsville and 335 kilometres northeast of Bowen. Tropical Cyclone Anthony is currently moving southwest and is expected to continue moving in this direction. It is likely to intensify slightly as it approaches the Queensland coast. DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS are expected to develop about coastal and island communities close to the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast late tonight. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS are expected to develop about island communities this afternoon, developing over coastal parts between Cardwell and Sarina late today and overnight. As the cyclone crosses/approaches the coast abnormally high tides are expected between Townsville and Bowen. Large waves are likely along the beachfront between Townsville and Sarina. HEAVY RAINFALL with LOCAL FLOODING is expected to develop about the coast and adjacent inland near and to the south of the cyclone, extending as far south as Sarina, overnight and continuing through Monday. People between Cardwell and Sarina should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place. - Boats and outside property should be secured - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website [http://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 Cyclone Anthony at 10:00 am EST: .Centre located near...... 18.3 degrees South 150.9 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 55 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the southwest at 27 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 120 kilometres per hour .Severity category........ 1 .Central pressure......... 988 hectoPascals Please ensure that neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals or those who may not fully understand English. The next advice will be issued by 2:00 pm EST Sunday 30 January. This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's website at Bureau of Meteorology - Home Page or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.
  12. Bobj

    Cyclone Anthony

    Look out you blokes in the Ayr-Townsville-Bowen area, Cyclone Anthony is predicted to hit the coast on sunday evening... Cheers, Bobj.
  13. Bobj

    Cyclone Ului...Aftermath

    A few pics of what happened: Smith St, 100 yards from my place Ward's Esplanade, the front street in Ball Bay. The local camping grounds, 250 yards from us Cheers, Bobj.
  14. Bobj

    Cyclone Warning

    The tropical cyclone Ului is heading for the central Qld coast; landfall is between Cardwell and Mackay on saturday night. (Bugga!! that's stuffed up my fishing for a week).:mad: All you blokes in the area mentioned, BATTEN DOWN BOYS, BATTEN DOWN.:realmad: Tropical Cyclone Threat Map Page (1) Cheers, Bobj.
  15. PommyPaul

    Tropical cyclone hamish

    Currently a categorie 5 but looks as though its going to make landfall on the sunny coast as a categorie 3 in a few days!! Tropical Cyclone Threat Map Page (1) alittle worried as i live ten meters from the beach and my car sits in an underground car park also 10 meters from the beach but quite a distance below sea level. guess i shouldn't go kayaking this week?
  16. Guest

    Cyclone on the way??

    Whilst all of Oz is experiencing fab weather down here on the Gold Coast its be pretty crappy. All the beaches were closed today and there is severe weather warnings out especially for homes close to the coast. On news they saying they evacuated Frazer Island but some silly buggers decided to stay! Whilst I was at work the weather whipped up and this elderly couple were caught in the wind tunnel, I had to run out and drag the lady indoors before she blew away it was that wild. And.....its forcast till Wed! Happy New Year lol Em x
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