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2/19/2008

Winds to lash Fraser Island

Breaking Earth News
Australia
Damaging winds and 3.5 metre-waves were expected to lash Fraser Island, while the rest of the state's south coast remains on high alert for more wild weather. A severe weather warning remains in place as a tropical low moves south, bringing with it wind gusts up to 90km/h. Wild conditions are expected to affect the coast between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast in coming days. The low is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone, but will still see coastal areas experience gale force winds, large waves and potential minor flooding in low-lying areas. High tides over coming days are predicted to see wave peaks well over the highest tides of the year. Meanwhile, clean-up efforts continue in the flood-ravaged Central Queensland town of Mackay as authorities examine the full extent of damage caused by heavy rain and flash-flooding last Friday. Emergency Management Queensland is also keeping a close eye on the low pressure off the state's coast.
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