This shows the winds expected to hit the Queensland coast. Source: BOM.
This shows the winds expected to hit the Queensland coast. Source: BOM.

Winds warning from lows that could reach ‘cyclone strength’

TWO tropical lows in the Coral Sea that could develop into a cyclone will produce strong winds across the Gladstone region today and tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology has put out a strong winds warning for the Capricornia Coast, saying Gladstone can expect winds of up to 25 knots.

The winds are expected to start today and last until tomorrow morning, before easing to 15 knots for the rest of the week.

Bureau meteorologist Gordon Banks said the winds are being caused by a "tight pressure grading" from a high pressure system over the coast and a low over the Coral Sea.

"There is some potential for one or both of them [lows] to reach tropical strength," he said.

He said if a cyclone does develop, it would likely move away from the Queensland coast.

But it still has the potential to bring big north-easterly swells to much of the coast.

He said large boats should hold through the wind as there isn't much swell, but "the main concern is for people in small boats". 

A Facebook post from Higgins Storm Chasing also suggests that if the cyclone develops, it's likely to move away from the Queensland coast. 

We are continuing to watch this low off QLD which is now expected to develop into a cyclone this week. Forecast data...

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Monday, February 8, 2016


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