Bureau of Meteorology
Issued: Saturday, 30 November 2013 at 9am
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a cyclone warning for the coastline between Double Island Point in Queensland to Yamba in New South Wales with Category 3 severe Tropical Cyclone Jonica expected to cross near the Gold Coast on Sunday morning.
Damaging winds with gusts to 100km/h are expected to develop later today over southeast Queensland and northern NSW with very destructive winds with gusts up to 220 km/h expected to develop between North Stradbroke Island and Tweed Heads(NSW) during Sunday morning.
Daily rainfall totals between 300mm to 400mm with isolated heavier falls will develop from Tewantin (Qld) to Coffs Harbour (NSW) from Saturday night and gradually extend inland.
There is also the potential for a dangerous sea level rise associated with a storm surge to occur south of the cyclone centre with higher than normal tides likely between Brisbane and Ballina. Water levels are expected to exceed the highest tide of the year.
Emergency services in Qld and NSW are advising residents in low lying areas to consider evacuating to higher ground.
The next warning will be issued by 12 pm EST Saturday.