Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast District.
Issued at 10:54 am Friday, 13 March 2020.
A developing tropical low pressure system combined with a strong ridge along the southern Queensland coast is likely to produce damaging wind gusts about exposed parts of the central coast.
A low pressure system is currently located well off the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, about 385 kilometres northeast of Cairns, and is forecast to continue moving southeastwards 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 100km/h, are possible about exposed parts of the Whitsunday Islands, the adjacent exposed coastal locations and elevated terrain in the warning area through much of today. Conditions are expected to begin to ease late today or this evening.
For expected tropical low movement and development, see track map [ http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml ]
Locations which may be affected include the Whitsunday Islands, Bowen and Proserpine.
Hamilton Island Airport has recorded multiple instances of wind gusts above 90km/h overnight, with a recent peak gust of 104 km/h at 2:34 am.
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.