Porters Mackay city assistant manager Matthew O’Connor is prepared for this year’s storm season.
Porters Mackay city assistant manager Matthew O’Connor is prepared for this year’s storm season. Tony Martin

Mayor urges residents to prepare for wild weather

A TROPICAL low sitting off the coast could soak Central Queensland with up to 500mm of rain by Tuesday.

Mayor Deirdre Comerford warned the community of the importance of carrying out basic storm preparations to be ready for the worst contingency.

"With the possibility of significant rain over the next few days, we really need residents to be aware of which coloured inundation zone they live in," she said.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said the region could expect up to 500mm of rain by Tuesday with wind gusts exceeding 90kmh.

Bowen and Mackay were likely to be hit hardest by the system, now sitting north-west of Cairns, and it was expected to develop into Cyclone Gillian, a Category 1 system by Sunday morning.

Mr McBurney said if the low developed, Tropical Cyclone Gillian could cross the coast between Townsville and Mackay either late Sunday or Monday morning, providing the cyclone modelling proved accurate.

"The biggest impact from the system will be rain, it's a slow-moving system and could linger offshore if it doesn't cross the coast earlier," he said.

"The rainfall totals could be from 300mm to 500mm," Mr McBurney said.

A second system in the Gulf of Carpentaria was also being monitored, but was expected to be less intense and would likely break up after reaching the western side of Cape York, he said.

Mr McBurney said that storm would likely be named Cyclone Hadi, but had only a small chance of colliding with Gillian.

This would not lead to a super-powerful storm, but more likely the pair would ultimately destroy one another.

For information on cyclone preparation, check the Mackay Regional Council website.

In an emergency, contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

Under Watch

  •  Cyclone watch in place from Cairns to Mackay
  •  Likely to form into a cyclone on Sunday
  •  Heavy rain and flash flooding expected
  •  Information on cyclone preparation: mackay.qld.gov.au
  •  Call SES if needed on 132 500

Are you prepared for a cylone?

This poll ended on 09 March 2014.

Current Results

Yes

75%

No

25%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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