TOP PRIORITY TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 8 Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane Issued at 8:00pm EST on Tuesday the 1st of February 2011 A Cyclone WARNING is current for island and coastal areas from Cape Melville to Sarina, extending inland to Georgetown and to the west of Charters Towers. A Cyclone WATCH is current for island and coastal areas from Lockhart River to Cape Melville, and over the tropical interior. At 7:00 pm EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 4 was estimated to be 950 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 950 kilometres east northeast of Townsville moving west southwest at 30 kilometres per hour. YASI IS LARGE AND POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO NORTH QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES The Cyclone will continue to intensify and move in a west-southwesterly direction overnight. DAMAGING winds with gusts to 90 km/hr are expected to develop on the islands during Wednesday morning, then extend onto the coast during the day, and further inland across the northern tropical interior overnight. Between Cooktown and Ingham these winds will become DESTRUCTIVE with gusts in excess of 125km/hr on Wednesday afternoon and VERY DESTRUCTIVE with gusts above 200 km/hr between Port Douglas and Cardwell during the evening as the cyclone approaches. These VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds will extend onto the coastal ranges including the Atherton Tablelands on Wednesday evening. As the centre approaches and crosses the coast sea levels between Cairns and Townsville will rise significantly above the normal tide with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low lying areas in coastal parts. Flooding rains will develop from Cooktown to Sarina during Wednesday afternoon and then extend inland overnight. People between Cooktown and Sarina and extending inland to areas from Georgetown to west of Charters Towers should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property. - 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]. People between Lockhart River and Cooktown and the remaining tropical interior should consider what action they 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 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 Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi at 7:00 pm EST: .Centre located near...... 14.6 degrees South 154.3 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 55 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the west southwest at 30 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 230 kilometres per hour and INTENSIFYING .Severity category........ 4 .Central pressure......... 950 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 11:00 pm EST Tuesday 01 February.
Police will commence door knocks of homes in certain low lying areas in Townsville from 5am tomorrow to ensure evacuations occur ahead of TC Yasi. Residents in certain areas in Townsville are being urged to evacuate and police will be visiting homes to recommend evacuation in identified low lying areas. Local Disaster management teams have identified particular areas of concern where flooding is expected due to storm surge above the highest recorded tide height. Residents in these areas will be requested to evacuate. Residents are still encouraged to relocate to family or friends where possible.