Brock Hammond, age 6 from Gracemere catching the breeze and a bit of sea spray at Yeppoon Main Beach during a high tide. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Brock Hammond, age 6 from Gracemere catching the breeze and a bit of sea spray at Yeppoon Main Beach during a high tide. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK300114stide1

Damaging winds hit region with 80km/hr recorded at Yeppoon

STRONG winds battered parts of the Capricornia district yesterday, with Yeppoon recording a peak gust of 80km/h at 5.30pm.

In Rockhampton, the strength of the wind increased quickly before peaking at 67km/h at 12.50pm and dropping slightly.

Meanwhile, Mackay recorded a top gust of 98km/h at 6.50pm and Hamilton Island was hit hard with a 130km/h gust at 6.30pm.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, damaging winds up to 100km/h are expected to continue throughout the district today, spreading inland to the northern Central Highlands and eastern parts of the Central West districts.

A severe weather warning was still current for the districts last night.

Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Rockhampton, Clermont, Blackwater, Barcaldine, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Springsure and Marlborough.

Emu Park Boat Ramp during high tide
Emu Park Boat Ramp during high tide Contributed

PEAK WIND GUSTS

Recorded as of 8.30pm last night

Rockhampton: 67km/h

Yeppoon: 80km/h

Gladstone: 85km/h

Moranbah: 67km/h

Emerald: 52km/h

Mackay: 98km/h

Hamilton Island: 130km/h



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