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Cyclone season has officially arrived with the first cyclone to potentially form in the Coral Sea laterthis week. If it forms into a cyclone it will be named Cyclone Dylan.
Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group Jenny Whitney said a monsoon low lies over the northern reaches of the Coral Sea, and is expected to strengthen as it moves towards the Queensland coast during this week.
“While it is uncertain whether the low/cyclone will cross the coast anywhere near the Whitsundayregion it is still a timely reminder to residents of their responsibilities,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The first cyclone of the season reminds us all that we live in an area that is vulnerable to a range of natural disasters including cyclones and storm surge.
“Cyclones are destructive and inevitable; each person that lives in the Whitsunday region mustrecognise this and make preparation a responsibility between the months of November and April.
“Council provides a range of information to help residents ensure they are prepared and minimise the destruction caused by cyclone damage should the threat become imminent,” she said.
Residents are reminded that the Proserpine and Bowen Public Cyclone Shelters will be the lastoption for people seeking safety from a severe cyclone event.
A severe cyclone is classified as a Category 3, 4 or 5 cyclone.
The purpose of these centres is to provide protection during a cyclone to people evacuated frompotential storm tide inundation areas and those with no other shelter option.
Residents who are new to town are encouraged to talk to their neighbours about how best toprepare for a cyclone event.
To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page, which will provide a direct link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.
The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group monitors all cyclone and storm activity throughoutthe season and through Council, will provide up to date information to media outlets and thecommunity.
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