Hamish spares CQ but threat remains

CYCLONE Hamish appears to have largely spared the central Queensland coast from it's fury, but the bureau says the danger still has not passed.

At 5pm EST on Tuesday afternoon, a severe weather warning was issued for the region between Sandy Cape and Coolangatta, with damaging wind gusts of up to 90 km/h, dangerous surf conditions and abnormally high tides expected to hit coastal and island communities over the next few days.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, now a category three cyclone, was located 235 kilometres east of Sandy Cape, moving east-southeast at 16 kilometres per hour. The Bureau of Meteorology(BoM) says Cyclone Hamish is expected to slow down and weaken duringTuesday, however, it is then forecast to change direction on Tuesdaynight and move slightly closer to the coast as a weaker cyclone.

Large waves generated by the cyclone may produce elevated sea levelsand minor flooding along the foreshore south of Sandy Cape on the hightide. People living in areas likely to be affected by this floodingshould take measures to protect their property as much as possible andbe prepared to help their neighbours.

The State Emergency Service advises that people in the affected area should:

· if near the coastline, stay well away from the water's edge
· secure loose outdoor items
· beware of fallen trees and powerlines 

Fast facts on Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 10am EST:

  • Centre located near...... 24.2 degrees South 154.8 degrees East
  • Location accuracy........ within 19 kilometres
  • Recent movement.......... towards the south southeast at 10 kilometres per hour
  • Wind gusts near centre... 250 kilometres per hour
  • Severity category........ 4
  • Central pressure......... 950 hectoPascals

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