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23-Mar-2017

TROPICAL LOW 22U – UPDATE 4
West coast of Australia
TROPICAL LOW LIKELY TO MOVE TOWARDS NORTH QUEENSLAND COAST
Townsville, Australia
Tropical low 22U – Update 4
Thursday, March 23, 2017, West coast of Australia
The tropical low has now moved away from the west coast of Australia, and all anchorages at Dampier, Walcott and Port Hedland are now open.

Woodside terminal expect to commence loading tomorrow am, with all other terminals back in full operations.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Tropical Low likely to move towards North Queensland coast
Thursday, March 23, 2017, Townsville, Australia
There is a tropical low formed in the Northern Coral Sea.  While the predictions are variable, it is likely this system will move towards the North Queensland coast and has a moderate chance of developing to a tropical cyclone.  This could occur anywhere from Sunday morning (26 March).

Port users should consider their operations and cyclone preparations in case the weather system does track towards Townsville over the weekend. The Port of Townsville encourages commencement of preparations where possible.

The port will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information and updates through the next few days.

Below is the outlook summary from the BOM [Bureau of Meteorology] this morning:

Sunday 26 March 2017
The upper trough will move further north, while the ridge will strengthen over southern Queensland. The low in the Coral Sea will likely move towards the east coast, possibly as a tropical cyclone. A slight to medium chance of showers about the southeast increasing to a medium to high chance of about the central coast and northeast coast with possible storms. A medium to high chance of showers and possible storms across the far north of the state. Fine and mostly sunny over much of the interior of the state

MondayWednesday
The upper trough is expected to shift further north into the northern tropics as a ridge develops over central and southern parts of the state. The low or tropical cyclone in the Coral Sea may move towards the northeast coast of Queensland during the outlook period, but much uncertainty exists with this scenario. Showers are likely to affect the northern tropics. A slight to medium chance of showers along the remaining east coast, with mostly fine and sunny conditions and above average temperatures in western districts under the influence of the ridge. A weak upper trough may shift across southern Queensland during the outlook period, increasing the chances of showers and possibly storms with its passage.

More information can be found at http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/cyclone.shtml

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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