AFAP manages the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information (APCEDI) to provide news on natural disaster events in the Asia-Pacific region and to help with rapid disaster response assessment. This was originally a communications network that was activated during a disaster to disseminate information to our Asia-Pacific NGO offices. Now APCEDI has a much wider application across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Monday, March 07, 2005


Cyclone Ingrid is heading back towards Queensland, and thus any threat to Pacific Island States is diminishing. It is currently a Category 4 Cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

While not in Ingrid's direct path, authorities and NGOs operating in Milne Bay Province and the eastern part of Central Province and associated off-shore islands in PNG should be on alert for rough seas and higher than normal tides especially on the southern coasts over the next 24 hours.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has issued their Latest Tracking Map for Cyclone Ingrid.

The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology has issued their Latest Tracking Map for Cyclone Ingrid.


Issued at 6:02pm on Monday the 7th of March 2005

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ingrid has continued to intensify and is now a category 4 cyclone.

A Tropical Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal and island communities between Port Douglas and Lockhart River.

At 5pm Severe Tropical Cyclone Ingrid, category 4, with central pressure 930 hPa, was centred near latitude 14.3 south longitude 148.5 east, which is 375 kilometres east northeast of Cooktown. Ingrid is currently moving west southwest at about 8 km/h.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ingrid is expected to move slowly towards the north Queensland coast over the next 24 hours and could intensify further. Winds are expected to gradually increase along the north Queensland coast and gales will develop between Port Douglas and Lockhart River during Wednesday.

People between Port Douglas and Lockhart River should consider actions they will need to take as this severe tropical cyclone moves closer to the coast and listen to the next advice at 11pm EST Monday.

This will be the last APCEDI Alert on this system unless it again poses a threat to any of the South Pacific Island States.

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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