Ului no threat yet but be ready
CYCLONE Ului is on the move, albeit slowly, and that allows Gympie region residents time to be cyclone-ready as the tropical storm tracks westward.
However authorities say the category four cyclone is not posing any immediate threat to the Queensland coastline – and that was likely to remain the case for the next 48 hours.
The Solomon Islands appear to have had a lucky escape from Ului, which initially threatened to hit the pacific nation hard but tracked westward into open sea.
Forecasters are saying at this point the cyclone is over the north-eastern Coral Sea.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michelle Berry said yesterday the weakened system would reintensify, possibly into a category five again, early today but it would still be well away from the Queensland coast.
Ms Berry said the cyclone was expected to maintain its slow track westward over the next 24 hours.
“Beyond that period, it could then take on a more southerly path,” she said, adding the long-term direction was very unpredictable.
“We will continue to monitor it carefully until we get more of a consensus on where it could move.”
Strong wind warnings have been issued for the Queensland coast from the combination of this system and a high pressure system to the south.
Shark nets are being temporarily removed from south-east Queensland beaches, ahead of wild weather predicted to hit the region later this week from the cyclone.
To prepare for the possibility of cyclones, Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) urge people to ensure their homes and contents insurance covers for storm surge, flooding and cyclone damage including clean-up and debris removal.
Also check the condition of roofs and repair any loose tiles, eaves or roof screws.
Trim any branches overhanging the house and clear gutters of leaves and debris.
For up to date information go to http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/cyclone/