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Alerts and warnings

Warnings will also be broadcast on local radio and television and published in local newspapers.

Go to the Bureau of Meteorology website to check for warnings and alerts.

Types of cyclone alerts and warnings

Alerts and warnings include:

  • cyclone watch
  • cyclone warning
  • cyclone warning: evacuation in storm surge and flood areas.

Cyclone watch

A cyclone watch will be issued for your area if gales or strong winds are expected in one or two days.

Once a cyclone watch is issued

You should do all of the following:

  • check your property for any loose material and tie down, or fill with water, all large and relatively light items such as boats and rubbish bins
  • fill your vehicle's fuel tanks and jerry cans
  • check your emergency kit and fill any water containers you may have - you should have at least 10 litres of water per person in your household
  • ensure household members know where the strongest part of the house is and what to do in the event of a cyclone warning or an evacuation
  • tune in to your local radio or television stations for further information and warnings
  • check your neighbours are aware of the situation.

Cyclone warning

A cyclone warning will be issued for your area if gales or strong winds are expected within 24 hours.

These warning messages include an estimate of how strong the cyclone is, including its category and any storm surge threat.

Once a cyclone warning is issued

You should do all of the following:

  • listen for the announcement schools will close and be prepared to collect your children
  • park vehicles under solid shelter with the handbrake on and in gear
  • put wooden or plastic outdoor furniture in your pool or inside with other loose items
  • close shutters and board or block all windows
  • draw the curtains and shut doors
  • pack an evacuation kit
  • put large or heavy valuables in a strong cupboard
  • remain indoors with your pets
  • stay tuned to your local radio or television for further information.

Cyclone warning: evacuation in storm surge and flood areas

You may need to leave storm surge or flood-prone areas in a cyclone.

Be ready to move to high ground or shelters as directed by police or emergency service workers.

If you are told to evacuate you should:

  • switch off your electricity, gas and water
  • take your evacuation kit
  • lock your house
  • wear warm clothing and strong footwear, not thongs
  • pay attention to warnings and follow advice given by police or emergency service workers.

More information

The Bureau of Meteorology also publishes: