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Tropical Cyclone Advice 54 Warning Zone Isaac coast and Moranbah

Debbie is currently a category 2 cyclone moving southwest away from Collinsville. Tropical cyclone Debbie is continuing to weaken as it moves inland. It is currently a category 2 cyclone, and is expected to weaken further tonight. On Wednesday, the remnant tropical low will curve from the current southwesterly motion to a more southerly track over inland Queensland.

Although the peak winds near the centre are weakening rapidly tonight, heavy rainfall is expected to continue across the region for the next 12 to 24 hours, gradually contracting southwards with the system. Isaac’s coastline to St Lawrence and Moranbah are in the warning zone in advice issued at 10.58pm today.

Hazards:

  • The DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Debbie is located southwest of Collinsville and is continuing to move inland. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 130 km/h are still possible near the cyclone centre.

  • GALES are occurring about the coast and islands between Cape Upstart and St Lawrence and extend inland including to Moranbah this evening.

  • Abnormally high tides are expected between Bowen and St Lawrence. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore.

  • People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

  • Areas of heavy rain with potential for severe flash flooding have developed around the central coast and Whitsundays and are expected to spread further inland through central and southeastern Queensland. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm, with significantly higher totals possible locally. This is likely to lead to major river flooding and a Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Ayr and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields.

Recommended Action: People in the path of the cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure shelter - above the expected water level - while the destructive winds continue.

  • Do not venture outside, stay off the roads and shelter in a safe place.

  • Isaac’s Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) 1300 133 773 for more information.

  • Have Emergency Kits ready. Cyclone preparedness and safety advice at www.disaster.qld.gov.au

  • For emergency assistance phone SES 132 500 (storm damage, rising flood water or roof damage)

  • For the latest and full details on warnings www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219.

  • For up to date road closures, please contact 13 19 40 or visit https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next BOM advice will be issued at about 12am on March 29 at www.bom.gov.au.

ANNE BAKER
Chair Local Disaster Management Group

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Issued at 10.58pm AEST Tuesday 28 March 2017. Refer to latest Tropical Cyclone Advice.