Up­dates re­viewed for cy­clone warn­ings

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CAT­E­GORY 2 cy­clone warn­ings will be up­dated hourly fol­low­ing the Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment’s re­view of the ef­fec­tive­ness of trop­i­cal cy­clone warn­ing up­date ar­range­ments.

Fed­eral MP George Chris­tensen, called for a re­view into cy­clone warn­ings after Cy­clone Dy­lan’s sud­den strength­en­ing and change of di­rec­tion in Jan­uary, catch­ing the Whit­sun­days by sur­prise when it crossed the coast.

“We saw with Cy­clone Dy­lan how un­pre­dictable cy­clones can be and how quickly cir­cum­stances can change,” he said.

“[So] I am pleased to see the Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment has taken such a mea­sured ap­proach with a com­pre­hen­sive re­view and made changes to im­prove our safety in North Queens­land.”

New guide­lines for this cy­clone sea­son will in­clude ad­di­tional warn­ings as trop­i­cal cy­clones ap­proach and cross the coast and flash warn­ings for un­ex­pected changes in the fore­cast track or in­ten­sity of a trop­i­cal cy­clone.

Mr Chris­tensen said the gov­ern­ment recog­nised the im­por­tance of pub­lic con­fi­dence in the es­sen­tial ser­vices pro­vided by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy.

“The re­view un­der­took wide­spread stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion and found peo­ple were broadly sat­is­fied with the Bureau’s ser­vices but wanted to see a num­ber of changes to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion process re­gard­ing cy­clones.

“To en­sure the Bureau con­tin­ues to do all that is rea­son­ably pos­si­ble to as­sist in the pro­tec­tion of life and prop­erty, all of th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions will be im­ple­mented,” he said.

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