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The Townsville City Council Storm Tide Evacuation Guide defines a storm tide as:
‘A rise above the normal water level along a shore that is the result of a tropical cyclone.’
When a cyclone forms over open waters the strong winds pushing the water, combined with the low atmospheric pressure in the eye of the cyclone cause the level of the sea to rise, which results in the formation of large waves.
If this happens away from land, the water can escape and move freely away from the building storm. As the cyclone moves towards land and the depth of the water becomes shallower, the ever-increasing wall of water does not have a chance to flow away. These large waves may inundate land and cause destructive damage to anything in its path.
Please note that inundation by storm tide is not comparable with riverine flooding. Storm tides will be accompanied by gale force winds, with successive waves of seawater rapidly moving across the foreshore. Trees, building material and other debris may be carried along by the storm tide. Any evacuation must occur prior to the storm tide event.
A storm tide event should not be confused with a tsunami. A tsunami is a series of waves generated by a sudden upward movement of the ocean floor, normally due to earthquakes and is NOT related to a cyclonic event.
The Townsville City Council has Townsville flood zone maps available on their website that detail Townsville flood areas and we recommend you view these maps prior to signing your contract.
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