Wild weather at Airlie Beach

United king tide and cyclone has Whitsundays on alert

UPDATE: HAMILTON Island has closely been monitoring the tropical low as it intensifies.

Cyclone Dylan crossed the coastline this morning.

At 10pm on Thursday night, Hamilton Island was expected to implement cyclone warning red.

All staff, residents and guests are required to be inside their accommodation at 9.30pm and remain in their accommodation until further notice.

High and unpredictable winds, heavy rain and very high tides will continue.

We will continue to monitor the situation with Cyclone Dylan closely and the safety of our guests, staff and residents is our primary concern. Updates will be issued as further information comes to hand.

 

EARLIER:

THE Whitsundays are currently dealing with a dangerous storm tide.

The tide along with rain and wind from impending Cyclone Dylan is creating a huge high tide.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group Jenny Whitney said the situation in the Whitsunday region is changing rapidly as the monsoonal low approaches the coast.

"We will continue to update the public regularly throughout the day as the situation progresses," she said.

"At the moment the current forecast has the system crossing the coast near Ayr during Thursday night.

"It is still a monsoonal low, but may form into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone when it crosses the
coast.

"In the Whitsunday region residents and businesses in low-lying areas should be prepared for king tides above the normal highest tide of the year and should be taking precautions to sandbag their properties or self evacuate to friends and family on higher ground.

"The high tide this morning at 10.15am at Shute Harbour and 9.30am at Bowen and tomorrow at 11am at Shute Harbour and 11.10am at Bowen will be the periods of greatest storm surge.

"Wind gusts of up to 120km per hour are also expected in the Whitsunday region so people are reminded to cleanup around their yards."



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