How to prepare for Cyclones at the Museum of Tropical Queensland

07 December 2010

Learn how to prepare for the coming cyclone season at a free talk at the Museum of Tropical Queensland on Tuesday 14 December from 12pm to 1pm.

Dr Greg Connor, from the Bureau of Meteorology, will discuss tropical weather systems, including different cyclone categories and the potential impact of a tropical cyclone.

Museum Director Peter McLeod said the cyclone topic is very relevant to locals at this time of the year.

“It is important to have an understanding of what cyclone categories mean and what measures to take to reduce their impact,” Mr McLeod said.

“This year we’re facing a prediction of above-average cyclone activity, so we’re pleased to have Dr Connor giving this free presentation to our visitors.”

Dr Connor said the best advice people can receive at this time of year is to be well informed of the dangers posed by cyclones, storm tides and floods, to understand the warning service and to be sensibly prepared.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has tracking and warning systems in place for monitoring cyclones and making predictions as to their possible direction but there are limitations to this science that can make cyclone track prediction difficult,” Dr Connor said.

“During cyclone season, North Queenslanders should have themselves and their homes prepared before a cyclone is on their doorstep.”

Dr Connor will look at case studies from the Townsville region and also some of Australia’s more destructive tropical cyclones, including Cyclone Tracy and more recently, tropical cyclone Larry that devastated townships in far North Queensland.

The lecture is part of the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Discover More Talk series, held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Entry to the museum is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

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