TC HAMISH upgraded to Category 5

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 08:43
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HI All,

TC Hamish has been upgraded to severe category 5 with destructive winds at its core of 295 kph. This looks like it is going to be another big one - especially for areas if and when it crosses the coast. Below is latest Bureau report on it (5:10am Sunday). best of luck to all those up in the effected areas.

Cheers,
GPM



Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: Transmitters serving the area between the Whitsunday Islands and
Shoalwater Bay are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before
broadcasting the following warning.

TOP PRIORITY
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 19
Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane
Issued at 5:10am on Sunday the 8th of March 2009

A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal and island communities from Bowen to
Bundaberg. A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal and island communities from
Bundaberg to Tewantin.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, a CATEGORY 5 CYCLONE, is located off the north
Queensland coast and at 4:00 am EST was estimated to be 145 kilometres northeast
of Hayman Is and 230 kilometres north northeast of Mackay, moving southeast at
17 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone 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.


Damaging wind gusts are expected to affect coastal and island communities
between Bowen and Bundaberg during the next 24 hours.

Destructive winds are expected to affect exposed coastal and island communities
between the Whitsunday Islands and Yeppoon during the next 24 hours. However,
the very destructive core of Cyclone Hamish is no longer expected to impact on
the Whitsunday Islands.

Damaging winds are not expected to develop about coastal and island communities
between Bundaberg and Tewantin during the next 24 hours, however they may
develop within 48 hours.

As the cyclone moves to the southeast, sea levels are expected to be elevated
above the normal tide along the coastline south of the cyclone. Large waves may
produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be
affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much
as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

Areas of heavy rainfall may cause flooding in some coastal streams and rivers
between the Whitsunday Islands and Yeppoon during the next 24 hours.


Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish at 4:00 am EST:
.Centre located near...... 19.2 degrees South 149.9 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 28 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the southeast at 17 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 295 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 5
.Central pressure......... 925 hectoPascals

People between Bowen and Bundaberg should immediately commence or continue
preparations, especially securing boats and property.

People between Bundaberg and Tewantin should consider what action they will need
to take if the cyclone threat increases. If you are unsure about the actions to
be taken, information is available from your local government or local State
Emergency Service.


The next advice will be issued by 8:00 am EST Sunday 08 March.


This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly



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Reply By: SteveD - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 10:11

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 10:11
Good morning Saharaman, Just a question on a different topic, have you evr had gearbox problems with your sahara, I bought one recently and it has a bit of a whine in it when in 5 gear an throw out bearing is a little noisy, gearbox was replaced 70000km ago with genuine Toyota box by toyota dealer ( got the invoice ) I'm hearing that that model Sahara did have gearbox problems? 3/89 HJ61 12HT 5 speed manual.

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Follow Up By: troopyman - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 10:25

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 10:25
If i were in gladstone or bundy i would be worried .
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Follow Up By: donks1 - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 11:30

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 11:30
Just spoke to my mate in Mackay and he has his flippers ready. HA HA HA


Donks1
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Follow Up By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:52

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:52
Steve,

yes my Sahara has a whine in the gearbox as well but it appears worse in 4th more than 5th. I do not worry about it as it does not seem to get any worse over time. But I guess eventually it may need a re build.
Cheers
GPM
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:23

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:23
No problems up here in the Whitsundays. :-) The wind didn't affect the mainland last night and no reports of any damage at the moment.

Mackay has experienced a little more rain than us (we have had around 25mm over 2 days!) though there seems to be no major issues there either.

Storm tide was around the 300mm mark in the end, so inundation of lowlying areas wasn't as bad as first expected.

Andrew
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:31

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:31
Hang on to your coconuts!

I can't even contemplate wind at 295 km/hr !

Good luck to you Northern Cane Toads!

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Reply By: P7OFFROAD Accredited Driver Training - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:48

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 14:48
We are in Hervey Bay (and I'm meant to be on Fraser next week...) and the threat map is certainly looking interesting for us on Tuesday. Has been a looooong time since any real weather came through this way and there has been lots of development in areas that there really shouldn't be development...

We made a trip to the tip with a bit of random rubbish this morning... checked our supplies and bought a few extra butane cartridges just in case, all the water jerries are clean and ready to be filled should the need arise, both 4bys were fueled last week, dog has been washed, and i did a bit of repair work to the guttering this morning.

Here's hoping that Hamish heads to sea overnight and leaves us with nothing but a refreshing shower or two...


Best of luck to any others who may feel this if it keeps on coming south...

Dave

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 16:48

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 16:48
Hey Dave,

Just read on msn that Fraser has been evacuated....... hopefully it will just be a precaution for those involved.

Cheers
Caroline
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Follow Up By: P7OFFROAD Accredited Driver Training - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:25

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:25
Yeah, if nothing happens Parks will cop a flogging and be sued for lost income. But last time a blow came close (4 years ago) there was no getting up the beach even at low tide, and that wasn't even a cyclone.

I reckon that they have to act early and in the greater interests of safety.

You can just imagine a tree coming down on someone, and then screaming that they were 'deserted and left to die' because help couldn't get to them.

They have also closed all of Inskip and Cooloola including the Noosa River.

Dave
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Reply By: kcandco - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 16:33

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 16:33
I was at Deepwater national park near Agnes Water this morning and the police are telling people to leave the park. Looks like this could be bad. Going out to check the yard over now for possible projectiles.

Kc
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:14

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:14
Where do you guys live?
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:47

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:47
I believe this is the best update to keep an eye on, its the Maritime forecast. see if I can insert it here.

Site Link

hope this has worked, if so they say the system will be 180 NMs off the coast of St. Lawrence tomorrow afternoon which means it will not come near the Wide Bay unless something changes dramatically, water temp in that area will have to be above 26 degrees. I think it is moving to fast at the moment and will probably start heading east tomorrow here's hoping.
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:49

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 18:49
That link did not work, just go to the bom site and find coastal waters forecast
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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:00

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:00
This will make a nice sea breeze when it gets here, eh
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:16

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:16
If your into kitboarding .... may be worth pumping up for :) use your 10 kite :)---- booost



Boc

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Reply By: Ozboc - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:14

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 19:14
My parents are in Moorepark beach 20 Min north of bundy - i am a little concerned for them ( very actually)

best wishes to those in its path , keep safe


Boc
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Reply By: Rockape - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 20:25

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 20:25
I find the most relieable site for tracking is the US navy site.http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc_pages/tc_home.html
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