Strong cyclone season expected

WHITSUNDAY residents may experience above average tropical cyclone activity this coming season, with up to six cyclones predicted to develop in the Coral Sea.

The Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Queensland regional director Jim Davidson said this was because we are now in a La Nina climate phase, which he expected will remain the dominating influence through the spring and summer months.

Events associated with La Nina patterns usually come with above normal rainfall across much of Queensland and enhanced tropical cyclone activity in the Coral Sea.

“What this translates to is where historically we could expect an average of four cyclones a season in the Coral Sea, we now expect the number to be potentially higher, but the number of cyclones actually making landfall can be quite variable from season to season,” he said.

“However, under these conditions, we have a good chance of a cyclone crossing the coast before the year is out,” he said.

With this in mind, Mr Davidson has urged all Whitsunday residents to be prepared early.

“Prepare early not only for cyclones but also for floods as we have already experienced record rainfalls across the state,” he said.

“Preparation is the key to safety and we encourage communities to factor in the possibility of a destructive cyclone or major flood into their pre-season planning.”

For more information on cyclone updates visit www.bom.gov.au.


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