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Cyclone Season 2012/13  - Media Releases

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A tropical cyclone is a massive collection of whirling wind and dense cloud mass, spiralling clockwise around a central eye of exceptional low pressure. With winds reaching speeds in excess of 200km/h, cyclones can be extremely dangerous.

On average, 10 cyclones occur in the Australian region each year.

The severity of a tropical cyclone is measured by a category determine by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). Cyclone categories range from 1 for weaker cyclones to 5 for the most severe cyclones.  This helps the community assess the severity of the cyclone and take appropriate actions.

The category of a cyclone refers to the severity of winds in a maximum wind zone. You may not experience the effects of the maximum winds, and damage experienced may vary according to location factors.

The category of a cyclone does not refer to associated storm tide. Warnings for storm tide will be issued separately by the Bureau of Meteorology.

All media releases issued by the Local Disaster Management Group (LMDG) will be added to this page for easy reference when issued.

It's everyone's responsibility to be prepared

  • A summary of how you can be prepared is the "SES Get Ready Guide"
  • Fill your car's fuel tank.
  • Stock up on prescription medicines.
  • Check your emergency kit.  Ensure all items are functional and up to date.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting and open only when absolutely necessary.  Retaining the cold air will help perishables last longer if the power goes out. You can also freeze water containers and place them in the fridge and freezer to maintain cold temperatures after the power is cut.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a sealed, watertight container. Don't forget to take the container if you have to evacuate.
  • Information for boat owners 

Media releases issued by the Local Disaster Management Group will be posted on this website and available via Council's Facebook page Cook Shire Connect.