PREPARE THE ARK!

High tides to hit FNQ

PREPARE THE ARK!

Owners of boats and properties with ocean or river frontages on Queensland’s coast should prepare for king tides predicted over coming days.
Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager, Patrick Quirk said the wider-than-usual tide heights
were already being experienced as they approached maximum ranges.
“Spring tides are a regular event for experienced local boaties but novices and visitors may be caught
out by the wider tidal margins, especially when launching and retrieving,” Mr Quirk said.
“This is especially the case in our more northerly ports where tidal ranges can be quite significant.
“For example Townsville is predicted to reach a highest tide tomorrow (Jan 31) of 4.11 metres with
Cairns hitting 3.47 metres about half an hour later.
“In Mackay the next day (Feb 1) the tidal difference between low and high water (11.29am) is well
over six metres.
“Maritime Safety Queensland regularly reminds boaties to check tide highs and lows published in the
local press, on local fishing and boating web sites or at Maritime Safety Queensland.
“And remember, severe weather such as heavy rainfall or cyclones can cause these sea levels to be
elevated above the expected heights.
“There is the possibility of low-lying roads and footpaths going under especially if the tides coincide
with high rainfall or storms as are currently being experienced in the far north of the state.
“Concerned residents should contact their local councils for advice about these low-lying locations
and remember ‘If it’s flooded forget it.’
“People living close to the water who may be affected by these tides should move tinnies, kayaks,
garden furniture and other items away from the water’s edge.
“Keep a close watch over children playing in shallow water – tidal streams in these waters can be
strong.
“These higher, high waters occur around the beginning of the year but equally high tides also occur in
the winter.
“These are at night and not as obvious as those in the summer which generally occur during the day.”
Tides are predicted in a range of tidal information publications including the ‘Queensland Tide Tables
2018’ which is available on Maritime Safety Queensland’s website.
For tide information go to www.msq.qld.gov.au/home/tides

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