Updates reviewed for cyclone warnings
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.