SEQ is not immune to the cyclone menace
IN the last 40 years or so there have not been many visits to our southeast Queensland shores from cyclones but that has not always been the case.
I believe this may be changing and SEQ may start to get some visits from these incredible monsters over the next few years. As you can see from the list I have compiled, over the last few years the systems are coming lower toward the southeast.
Some systems did move south in the last 40 years but these have been weak compared to the last few years.
In 1954 a major system moved in from the northeast after developing in the Coral Sea. It crossed the coast near Coolangatta with a central pressure of 973 hpa. Northern NSW received major damage, losing houses and lives.
1967 saw the next big outbreak of cyclones and east coast lows. Three cyclones and four ECL's were recorded that year, the worst being cyclone Dinah. She developed in the Coral Sea and tracked southwest to brush the tip of Fraser Island before moving to the southeast.
She caused $250m worth of damage and injured 20.
1974 saw three cyclones move into the southeast with the weakest but by far the worst being Wanda. She was a weak cyclone when she crossed the coast near Maryborough but that all changed when she opened up and dumped over 900mm of rain over the Brisbane area in five days . Brisbane and Ipswich saw 6007 houses flooded, 12 people drowned and a damage bill of over $200m. 2009 saw cyclone Hamish form in the Coral Sea and became Tropical Cyclone Hamish on the March 5. He travelled parallel to the coast and even though he did not come onto the coast he still caused damage from beach erosion and evacuation of islands.
He caused two trawlers to capsize, taking the lives of two fishermen.
Earlier this year we saw an ECL associated with ex cyclone Oswald move down the coast and causing one of the worst floods in known history. The bureau cyclone outlook for this season is for four in Queensland waters with one crossing the coast.