Cy­clone Dy­lan breaks high­est tide records

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CY­CLONE Dy­lan broke all known records for storm tides at Shute Har­bour and Bowen ac­cord­ing to data re­ceived from the Queens­land Govern­ment’s depart­ment of science, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion and the arts.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said this was a sober­ing re­minder for res­i­dents to be pre­pared for storm surge threats and know the storm surge zones they lived in

“The Whit­sun­day re­gion dodged a bul­let with Cy­clone Dy­lan - had the cy­clone crossed the coast later in the morn­ing, as orig­i­nally pre­dicted, there would have been much more dam­age and in­un­da­tion due to storm surge [and the king tide],” Cr Whit­ney said.

Dur­ing Cy­clone Dy­lan’s ap­proach, Shute Har­bour recorded its high­est tide level of 4.835m. This beat the pre­vi­ous high­est record of 4.63m, recorded dur­ing Cy­clone Justin, in March 1997.

Bowen’s high­est recorded tide dur­ing Cy­clone Dy­lan was 4.157m - a frac­tion above the pre­vi­ous high­est tide of 4.1m, recorded in April 1989.

Cr Whit­ney said Cy­clone Dy­lan re­sulted in three con­sec­u­tive days of sea level rises above the High­est Astro­nom­i­cal Tide (HAT) level, with lev­els peak­ing on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 30, be­fore the cy­clone crossed the coast.

Storm tide mon­i­tor­ing be­gan in the Whit­sun­days in the 1970’s, with sta­tions in­stalled at Shute Har­bour in July 1976 and Bowen in March 1975.

Cr Whit­ney re­minded lo­cal res­i­dents that storm surge in­un­da­tion maps were in­cluded in the Emer­gency Ac­tion Guide re­cently sent to ev­ery house­hold in the Whit­sun­day re­gion. The guides are also avail­able for view­ing at all Coun­cil li­braries and of­fices and on­line at www.www.whit­sun­dayrc.qld.gov.au, un­der the ‘Dis­as­ter’ tab.

KEEP BACK: Po­lice kept mem­bers of the pub­lic away from the fore­shore at Can­non­vale Beach, where waves crashed over the fence. Photo Sharon Small­wood / Whit­sun­day Times

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