Severe Weather Update: Tropical Cyclone Uesi west of New Caledonia, 12 February 2020

Severe Weather Update: Tropical Cyclone Uesi west of New Caledonia, 12 February 2020


Hello from the Bureau. Large and powerful
swells will develop along parts of the east coast as tropical cyclone Uesi moves
towards the southwest. Uesi is currently a category two tropical cyclone located
to the west of New Caledonia approximately 1000 kilometres
offshore of the Australian mainland. The system is east of 160 degrees east in
the Fiji Meteorological Services’ area of responsibility but given the potential
impact to Lord Howe Island a track map is currently available on our website. Even once no longer a tropical cyclone this system will bring strong winds and
gales are forecast to develop around Lord Howe Island from Thursday where a
tropical cyclone Watch is current. Uesi also has the potential to bring large
waves and heavy rain with its passage. For the mainland Uesi and the heaviest
rain is expected to remain offshore. That being said showers and storms with the
potential for heavy falls will continue over parts of southeast Queensland and
eastern New South Wales with a continuation of that humid onshore flow
and coastal troughing. The ground is already wet in these areas
with flash flooding more likely and numerous flood watches and warnings
remain in place. Uesi however is not expected to bring a return of widespread
heavy rain. The main impact will be on the beaches with fresh southerly winds and
large waves which have the potential to cause coastal erosion. The worst of these
conditions will begin in southeast Queensland on Thursday extending south
into northeast New South Wales on Friday before shifting down the coast on
Saturday with hazardous surf warnings likely to be issued. Towards the end of
the week the remnants of Uesi will be swept towards New Zealand by an
approaching cold front. That’s all for now but you can keep up to date with our
latest forecasts and warnings on our website or through social media. you

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