Tropical Cyclones in NSW
Tropical cyclone services for NSW are provided by the Brisbane Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre [TCWC].
The Eastern Area of Responsibility extends southward to 32°S, which is equivalent to a line from Lord Howe Island to Taree, Gloucester, Scone, Trangie and Broken Hill. Note this area excludes Norfolk Island which is covered by the New Zealand Tropical Cyclone Warning Service.
About Tropical Cyclones in NSW
While tropical cyclones do not impact NSW very often, they have caused flooding, destructive winds, storm surges and loss of life. When a tropical cyclone is affecting NSW the Brisbane TCWC will issue an TC Advice for NSW and a Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map. Both these products will appear under Current Warnings for NSW on the Bureau's Website. Information is also available via the Bureau's Telephone Weather Services: Tropical Cyclone Warnings 1300 659 212.
Four scenarios generally cover the most likely impacts in NSW:
1. A tropical cyclone making landfall in NSW from the east.
2. Tropical cyclone making landfall in the Gulf of Carpentaria and moving overland towards the southeast over Queensland and then NSW
3. Tropical cyclones remaining well offshore but generating huge swells on NSW coast
4. Tropical cyclones impacting Lord Howe Island or Norfolk Islands
NSW Regional Office, October 2007