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Wild winds from ex-cyclone Tim to hit central Qld

By Paul Robinson, Brock Taylor and Kirsty Nancarrow, Tuesday March 19, 2013 - 09:17 EDT

The weather bureau has issued a severe weather warning of strong winds for central Queensland, whipped up by ex-cyclone Tim.

The low-pressure system is north-east of Mackay and heading towards the north Queensland coast.

Wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour were recorded on Hamilton Island overnight.

There is a warning in place for parts of Capricornia and the central coast and Whitsundays, for wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour.

Bureau spokesman Damien Ousley says there will not be much rain in central Queensland.

"Basically what we're getting our rain from is being influenced by that remnant low-pressure system," he said.

"We've also got a high there - the high is pushing a trough on the coast and for the next few days we will just get onshore shower activity."

Forecaster Julian De Morton says the low is about 300 kilometres north-east of Mackay but is only moving at three 3 kilometres per hour.

"It's going to continue to move reasonably slowly, so as a result we're expecting the weather and winds associated with it to last for today and tomorrow as well," he said.

"As a result, we've already got pretty windy conditions around the central coast at the moment.

"We're expecting that to pick up this afternoon and through the evening, so that's why we've got a gale warning current and we've got a severe weather warning for this afternoon and evening, just for the coastal areas."

Cairns forecast

Meanwhile, the bureau says the far north is yet to feel the effects of ex-cyclone Tim.

Forecaster Greg O'Connor, from the Cairns weather bureau office, says 33 millimetres of rain has been recorded west of Tully but it has been mostly dry elsewhere.

"We expect the remnants of Tim to start affecting us from about Wednesday evening onwards," he said.

"Those showers we expect to increase to rain and bring rain areas even to inland parts during Thursday and Friday."


© ABC 2013

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