Bureau of Meteorology
Issued: Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 9pm
THE VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE OF SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE JONICA IS MAKING LANDFALL OVER THE GOLD COAST WITH A DANGEROUS STORM TIDE AND BATTERING WAVES TO THE SOUTH OF THE CYCLONE CENTRE.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Jonica, CATEGORY 3, will continue to move inland in a southwesterly direction towards the Qld/NSW border area and Tenterfield (NSW) during the morning.
As the cyclone crosses the coast, an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SEA LEVEL RISE [i.e. storm tide] will occur between the Gold Coast and Cape Byron including southern parts of Moreton Bay, peaking between Southport (Qld) and Kingscliff (NSW).
VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts up to 220 km/h are being experienced between North Stradbroke Island and Tweed Heads and will extend inland and gradually weaken.
The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of the cyclone will take up to 5 hours to pass.
DAMAGING WINDS with gusts over 90 km/hr are occurring in remaining coastal areas between the Sunshine Coast and Ballina. Winds are forecast to gradually ease about the east coast during Monday morning.
FLOODING RAINS will continue tonight and gradually extend inland, causing further rises in existing flood levels.
People in the path of the very dangerous cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure shelter, above the expected water level, while the very destructive winds continue.
Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone, which can be seem temporarily calm; very destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.
The next warning will be issued by 10 pm EST Sunday.