Severe Weather Warning

Weather Warnings - Severe Weather Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology


Severe Weather Warning

For people in Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin and Capricornia Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:56 am Tuesday, 8 January 2019.

Heavy rain and possibly damaging wind gusts expected to develop between Alva Beach and Yeppoon later today.

Weather Situation: At 4 am AEST Tuesday, ex-tropical cyclone Penny was located in the Coral Sea near latitude 18.8 degrees south, longitude 151.2 degrees east, about 340 kilometres east-northeast of Bowen. Ex-Penny was moving west southwest at 14 kilometres per hour.
Ex-tropical cyclone Penny is expected to continue its westward movement, and the system is likely to cross the tropical Queensland coast some time between late Tuesday and early Thursday. The most likely scenario is that ex-Penny will remain a tropical low, but there is a moderate risk that the system will redevelop into a category 1 tropical cyclone before it crosses the coast. Regardless of its status, the system should continue to produce heavy rainfall and damaging winds over its southern flank, and these conditions are likely to develop within the warning area as ex-Penny approaches.

Areas of heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, are expected to develop in coastal areas between Alva Beach and Yeppoon during Tuesday morning and extend further inland during the day. Six hourly rainfall totals between 140mm and 180mm are possible, with isolated heavier falls in excess of 200mm.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are expected to develop about exposed coastal and island locations in the warning area on Tuesday, particularly about the Whitsunday Islands.

Locations which may be affected include Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Collinsville, Hamilton Island, Carmila and Ayr.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should: 
* Move your car under cover or away from trees. 
* Secure loose outdoor items. 
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees. 
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines. 
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it. 
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. 
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Tuesday.