Weatherman’s prediction for Qld cyclone

As a Queensland weather forecaster revealed his prediction of a cyclone for the State’s north later this month, RACQ has urged residents to be prepared for anything.

Townsville Bulletin reported Hayden Walker of Walker’s Weather believed a tropical cyclone would begin developing in late February and cross the coast between north and central Queensland early next month.

“I’m forecasting a tropical cyclone forming in the latter part of February in the Coral Sea and it should affect the coastline at the beginning of March,” Mr Walker said.

“It should make its way southwest…I’m forecasting it will affect the northern districts of Queensland to the Central districts of Queensland.”

RACQ’s Renee Smith said the Bureau of Meteorology had not yet issued a cyclone prediction or warning for Queensland but residents should always have a cyclone emergency kit and plan ready to go.

“We’re well into cyclone season, so it’s important residents across central and north Queensland have their evacuation and emergency plans ready,” Ms Smith said.

“Last year we saw Cyclone Debbie devastate many parts of our State – we know the damage that can be done and we need to be sure we’re prepared.”

RACQ’s tips for storm-proofing your home:

  • Cut back dead branches and trees and move debris away from your house
  • Maintain your roof by keeping your gutters clear, secure loose tiles, and fix sealing leaks
  • Install shutters or metal screens if you are in a cyclone-prone area to help prevent windows breaking
  • prepare your emergency plan.