Low pres­sure sys­tem could lead to cy­clone

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is keep­ing an eye on a low pres­sure sys­tem in the Co­ral Sea, which could turn into a cy­clone later this week.

When the Whit­sun­day Times went to press yes­ter­day af­ter­noon a weak trop­i­cal low was sit­u­ated to the west of the Solomon Is­lands and was ex­pected to move south­west over the next few days while de­vel­op­ing fur­ther. Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Ken Kato said by the end of the week, the low pres­sure sys­tem was likely to be closer to the north­east Queens­land coast, with “a fair chance” of reach­ing trop­i­cal cy­clone sta­tus.

“Af­ter that though, it is too early to tell its track with any real­is­tic con­fi­dence,” he said.

Mr Kato said if a cy­clone was de­clared the Bureau would start its in­for­ma­tion bul­letin phase, mov­ing into an of­fi­cial ‘cy­clone watch’ when coastal com­mu­ni­ties were likely to be af­fected be­tween 48 and 24 hours.

“I’d prob­a­bly rec­om­mend people keep a close eye on our fore­casts and warn­ings over the com­ing days,” he said.

Mr Kato said if the present sys­tem de­vel­oped into a trop­i­cal cy­clone within our area of oper­a­tion, it would be named Cy­clone Gil­lian.

When a cy­clone is ap­proach­ing the Queens­land coast, the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is­sues track­ing maps and reg­u­lar up­dates.

This in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.bom.gov.au/cy­clone.

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