Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast District.
Issued at 11:05 am Thursday, 12 March 2020.
A low pressure system is likely to produce damaging wind gusts about exposed parts of the central coast.
A low pressure system is currently located just off the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, and is forecast to move southeastwards further into the Coral Sea today. A strong ridge of high pressure lies along the southern and central Queensland coast. The combination of these features is expected to produce gusty winds in the warning area.
DAMAGING WINDS, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are being observed around the most exposed parts of the Whitsunday Islands, and are possible about the adjacent exposed coastal locations and elevated terrain in the warning area from Thursday afternoon.
The threat of widespread heavy rainfall has eased, but severe thunderstorms with localised heavy rainfall are possible more broadly across far northern Queensland today, separate thunderstorm warnings will be issued if required.
For expected tropical low movement and development, see track map [ http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml ]
A separate Flood Watch is current for the Peninsula and coastal catchments north of Proserpine, see [ http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ20900.html ].
Locations which may be affected include Whitsunday Islands, Bowen and Proserpine.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and Herbert and Lower Burdekin districts (including Palm Island and Magnetic Island) and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
Hamilton Island Airport recorded a wind gust of 87 km/h at 4:50am this morning.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.