Weather rader pushed forward

AS Cyclone Ului bears down on the Central Queensland coastline, the Emerald weather radar could be operational as early as today.

“In light of the current cyclone threat, and my concern the Central Highlands community could be severely impacted, the Bureau of Meteorology decided yesterday it would aim to either resolve all technical problems by Friday, or failing that, provide the available radar data anyway with appropriate caveats in place,” said Member for Flynn, Chris Trevor.

Minor technical issues were uncovered as the radar located on Foleys Road underwent testing in the final stages of the commissioning process.

It will be formally opened later this month.

“While there is a chance the information may not be 100 per cent reliable on Friday, my view is some information is better than none in the current circumstances,” Mr Trevor said

The Central Highlands’ Local Disaster Management Committee has been closely monitoring Ului’s progress and will receive a further briefing at 10am today.

Mayor Peter Maguire said he welcomed the radar’s operational status.

The LDMC and local SES have ordered sand for bagging in the event of flooding this weekend; just one of the measures ready to be taken if Ului impacts adversely on the Central Highlands.

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