Tropical Cyclone Advice 55 Warning Zone Isaac coast and Moranbah
Debbie weakens to a category 1 cyclone. Tropical cyclone Debbie has weakened to a category 1 cyclone as it continues to move inland. It is expected to weaken further to a tropical low during the next few hours. During the day today, this remnant low will curve from the current southwesterly motion to a more southerly track over inland Queensland.
Although the peak winds near the centre of tropical cyclone Debbie 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 11.58pm Tuesday March 28.
GALES are occurring about the coast and islands between Bowen and St Lawrence, and extend inland to Moranbah.
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 the potential to cause severe flash flooding have developed around the Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts. These heavy rain areas are expected to spread further inland through central and southeastern Queensland. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm are expected, with significantly higher totals possible locally.
This is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area this week, and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Ayr and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West forecast districts.
Recommended Action: People along the coast between Bowen and St Lawrence, and in inland areas including Moranbah, should remain inside until the cyclone threat has passed and check the next Bureau of Meteorology advice at 1am Wednesday March 29 at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219.
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
For up to date road closures, please contact 13 19 40 or visit https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au
For further updates visit www.bom.gov.au. The next Isaac LDMG advice will be issued after 5am today.
Chair Local Disaster Management Group
TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Issued at 11.58pm AEST Tuesday 28 March 2017. Refer to latest Tropical Cyclone Advice.