Low pressure system could lead to cyclone
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.