FLASHBACK: Cyclone Yasi hits the North Queensland, Cardwell.
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Australia faces 11 tropical cyclones, bureau warns

AUSTRALIA is facing the prospect of 11 cyclones this storm season with Queensland likely to face about four of them, according to a new report released Monday.

The 2013-2014 Australian Tropical Cyclone Season outlook says that near average cyclone activity is most likely for Australia this season.

"The tropical Pacific Ocean, which affects tropical cyclone activity in Australia, is currently neutral (neither El Niño nor La Niña), meaning there is no strong shift expected in the average number or location of tropical cyclones.

The typical Australian tropical cyclone season:

  • has most tropical cyclones between 1 November and 30 April;
  • averages around 11 tropical cyclones;
  • sees an average of four tropical cyclones cross the coast, though coastal impacts can be felt when tropical cyclones remain well offshore;
  • on average has its first cyclone cross the coast in late December.

The bureau says a cyclone could cross the coast as early as next month but that is unlikely.

The peak period for cyclones is in February.

Queenslanders are being urged to get their homes prepared for  wild summer weather as a part of Get Ready Week which starts today.

Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said thousands of Queenslanders, from councils and government agencies to community groups and not-for-profit organisations, would prove that their experience with extreme weather was now a mindset which built strong and resilient communities.

"This year we're determined to do everything we can to have Queenslanders foster the mindset that extreme weather is something we can handle if we prepare ourselves now," Mr Crisafulli said.

"To make this as simple as possible, today the brand new digital initiative 'Get Ready-one step at a time' was launched where people can sign up for their own personalised Get Ready program.

"By entering some simple details and local risks they will receive a new task each week to build their resilience."

For further information on 'Get Ready Queensland' visit http://www.qld.gov.au/getready/ 

Cyclone predictions and numbers

Australian region Near average 57% 11

Western region Near average 53% 7

North-western sub-region Near average 55% 5

Eastern region Near average 53% 4

Northern region Near average 52% 3

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