Tropical Cyclone Harvey

3 - 7 February 2005


On 3 February, Low Key Standby was started for a series of weak lows in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Timor Sea. Even though there was by this stage a moderate risk of TC formation, there was not a clearly defined tropical low to monitor, and hence High Key Standby was delayed until 4 February. Watch Phase was entered on 5 February with the issue of the first Advice by Brisbane TCWC for southern Gulf of Carpentaria towns and communities. Warning Phase commenced on 6 February with an Advice issued by Brisbane, and Darwin issued the final 5 warnings that ceased on the morning of 8 February, after the system made landfall in a sparsely-populated area in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.

Pungalina Station had quite a few trees downed or snapped, and also noted a calm at around midnight on 7 February that lasted about an hour. Robinson River Community had similar damage to trees in the area, and also the evacuation of some people living along the rising Calvert River. The river rose 15-16m and came within 1m of the local power station.

Track and intensity

All times in UTC - add 9.5 hours to convert to CST.

Best Track of Tropical Cyclone Harvey