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8:10PM Saturday 21 March, 2009

Another cyclone would be a blow to Coast

Warnings yesterday of another cyclone forming in the Coral Sea, possibly following the destructive path of Cyclone Hamish, were not welcomed on the Sunshine Coast.

The Weather Channel yesterday said it was keeping a close eye on a tropical low about 600km east of Cairns which it said had “all the right ingredients to deepen into a cyclone before the weekend”.

A spokesperson said if it did develop, there was a chance it could follow the path of Hamish and bring more wild weather to the Coast.

A spokesperson from the Bureau of Meteorology, however, said it was too early to predict whether the low would form a cyclone, which would be called Isla.

“We don’t know if it will become a cyclone – at this time there is a very low chance it will form a cyclone in the next few days,” the spokesperson said.

One person who will be watching the weather closely is State Emergency Service Coolum branch group leader Phil Peterson.

Mr Peterson, who has spent the past 10 days sandbagging and cleaning oil from Coast beaches, said another cyclone so soon after Hamish would be a blow.

“One of the things that worries me is the way people panic when they hear the word ‘cyclone’. Cyclones can and will form and the best thing anyone can do is be prepared.”

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on 18 March, 2009 at 5:15 a.m. ( Suggest removal )
Mr Peterson is dead right, people do panic. I have a friend who comes from England and has lived here quite a few years but has never gone through a cyclone. With Hamish I was teasing her a bit until I saw the look of horror on her face when she said if it gets any closer I'm off to Melbourne until it goes away.As I explained to her survival in a big blow is merely common sense and if she was so frightened she could come downstairs and stay with me. I am fully equipped to bunker down in a cyclone.I have been through several of them. To anyone who is of a similar feeling of terror the best thing you can do is become well educated in what you must and must not do.There are seminars held, and there is heaps of information on the net, the SES will always be happy to advise you as will the police and our council. The Daily might even like to print a check list of do's and don'ts to let folks know what's what,
on 18 March, 2009 at 8:44 a.m. ( Suggest removal )
"Cyclones can and will form"

Exactly!!! Better to be prepared and not need it than be caught unawares.
on 18 March, 2009 at 10:11 a.m. ( Suggest removal )
"another cyclone so soon after Hamish would be a blow."

Nice pun.
on 18 March, 2009 at 11:34 a.m. ( Suggest removal )
If your new to the coast like me, maybe pick up a "what to do in a cyclone" brochure. I found one at the Library y'day. Rather handy for those of us that haven't experienced many or any cyclone's. Hamish was a learning curve for me.
on 18 March, 2009 at 12:23 p.m. ( Suggest removal )
Thanks Sunshine Coast Daily, just what the coast needs is this sort of premature reporting to totally destroy our Easter Holiday bookings, we are just getting over an oil spill and now this. When I lived in North Queensland it was common for the media not to report on "possible" cyclones as it had been proven to damage the tourism industry. Wait for the cyclone to actually form and perhaps even get south of Yeppoon before causing cyclone hysteria. I couldn't help but feel that the Daily was disappointed that Cyclone Hamish didn't cause more damage. Disasters seem to sell newspapers.
on 19 March, 2009 at 8:12 a.m. ( Suggest removal )
palmwoodsmum from Palmwoods, good thinking. lets not say anything until teh cyclone is right on top of us to save a few bookings, then when total devestation hits and noone is prepared, we can have the tourisim industry also totally destroyed. Has anyone here ever heard of cyclone tracey. I am sure the people of Darwin found it had an effect on thier tourism industry. sunnyone44_5 from Mooloolaba, is the smart one here. Always be prepared. And yes daily, it would be great to print a list of do's and donts for a cyclone.

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