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We are just South of Cyclone Hamish with hips of rain!
COMMUNITIES in north and central Queensland are bracing for Category 5 Cyclone Hamish which could be more destructive than Cyclone Larry.
UP to 1000 campers are being evacuated from Fraser Island as category five cyclone Hamish heads south towards the central Queensland coast.
Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island, both west of Gladstone, were also evacuated on Sunday morning as a precaution to the cyclone, which had recorded winds of up to 280km/h on Saturday night.
Hamish, upgraded to a potentially deadly Category 4 storm yesterday, had winds gusting up to 230km/h last night but early today was upgraded to a more lethal Category 5 storm, The Sunday Mail reports.
The bureau’s warning said Hamish “poses a very significant threat to coastal and island communities between Bowen and Bundaberg”.
“The cyclone is expected to maintain a southeast track parallel to the coast during the next 24 to 48 hours.”
Yesterday, Emergency Management Queensland coordinator-general Frank Pagano said the menacing storm, lurking off Townsville last night, could hit even harder than Larry, which devastated Innisfail in March 2006.
“This cyclone will generate winds at the centre of between 225km/h and 280km/h,” he said.
Whitsundays Disaster Management Group coordinator Senior Sergeant Steve O’Connell says emergency services have prepared as well as they can in the event the cyclone does come towards the islands.
He says the next 12 hours are critical.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Mike Brunker says there are strong winds in the area but no reported damage yet.
Hamish is estimated to be 155km northeast of Hayman Island and 305km east of Townsville, moving southeast at 18km/h.
Premier Anna Bligh yesterday invoked powers allowing emergency personnel to order residents to evacuate towns under threat.
She warned that several major centres — Innisfail, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Maryborough — were in the firing line.
“It is imperative we ensure everyone is out of the path of this extremely serious cyclone,” she said.
In the Whitsundays, tourists and non-essential staff were evacuated from the smaller island resorts to the mainland and shelters on larger islands were being prepared.
Hamish will be the most severe storm to hit the region since Cyclone Ada, which devastated island resorts and left 14 people dead in January 1970.
Hamilton Island chief executive Glen Bourke said yesterday the 3000 tourists and workers were being upgraded to warning level yellow: cyclone imminent.
“We want people prepared before nightfall. We will move guests and staff to the Reef View Hotel, which has the best cyclone rating on the island,” he said.
Here our updated timetable:
Till 18th of March: school visits Gold Coast, Australia
18th of March: TOPtoTOP event in Brisbane organized by SGS
20th/21st of March: TOPtoTOP at Swiss Festival Melbourne, represented by member Jacqui
19th of March to 17th of April: TOPtoTOP in New Zealand: school visits and 2 cycling trips with students in South Island
18th to 26th of April: TOPtoTOP in outback of Queensland: school visits; organized by Peter Chandler SGS
27th to 30th of April: TOPtoTOP at Sunshine Coast: school visits
1st to 3rd of May: TOPtoTOP at Dream Festival
May / June: East Coast of Queensland up to Cairns
July / August: Northern Territories (birth on 16th of August most likely in Darwin)
September: see “OPEN”
22nd/23rd of October: TOPtoTOP as guest speaker on UNEP Climate Conference in Johannesburg (invitation from UNEP)
4th of November: TOPtoTOP as guest speaker Final Event EU Atmospheric Composition Change in Brussels (invitation from EU ASCENT, Eva Schüpbach)
5th to 15th of November: TOPtoTOP presentation for new book in Switzerland
15th of November: “Vernissage” of TOPtoTOP book on book exhibition in Basel, Switzerland
December: see “Open”
May 2010: Claen up Everest
August 2010: World Exhibition Shanghai
– Access to Everest via India-Nepal or China depending if we find marina in Calcutta. Alternative: China-Japan, with Option Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on 26th of December 2009 and Melbourne-Osaka Yacht Race soon after.
– Climate Solution Winners Camp in Switzerland: Depending on terms of students; most likely October 09.
– 3rd to 11th of October 09 International Boat Show in Genoa – Italy (invitation from Matteo Micheli, TOPtoTOP member and world record holder over Atlantic Ocean)
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