Cyclone Uesi tracking off the East Coast

12/02/2020 02:05 PM

The latest update from the Bureau of Meteorology has Tropical Cyclone Uesi moving south towards Lord Howe Island at 19 kilometres per hour.

At this stage, the impact on Australia’s east coast are expected to be high seas and strong winds, but given situations can change, people are encouraged to stay up to date by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology website at

TC Uesi is currently a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, a categorisation for cyclones with sustained winds of 110 kilometres per hour near their centre and wind gusts of up to 155 kilometres per hour.

Uesi is expected to transition to an ex-tropical system, meaning it will maintain intensity as it moves close to or to the west of Lord Howe Island on Friday morning.

Gales with gusts up to 120 km/hr are expected to develop around Lord Howe Island late on Thursday afternoon or early evening, with gusts of 140 km/hr possible during the night.

NSW State Emergency Service Commissioner Carlene York said the organisation is keeping a close eye on the cyclone’s progress.

“We have pre-positioned resources to assist Lord Howe Island as Uesi continues its trajectory south,” Commissioner York said.

“At this stage, based on all the best information available, residents along the NSW East Coast, should expect strong winds and high seas that may lead to coastal erosion when Uesi tracks further south.”

We work closely with our local NSW SES members and the Lord Howe Island Board to advise people on Lord Howe Island to start preparing for the cyclone, particularly concerning boats and property.

Island residents should secure and store loose items that can be blown around by high winds, firmly tether boats within sheltered harbours then seek shelter inside a sturdy building as the system approaches, staying clear of windows.

People are reminded to stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

For emergency help in floods and storms, residents of Lord Howe Island can contact Police on [02] 6563 2199.

Regular warning on TC Uesi’s progress are available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau of Meteorology website at or by calling 1300 659 210.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:

Issued at 10:49 am EST on Wednesday 12 February 2020. Source:


For updates on the weather and to view current warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology


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