Wednesday, March 29, 2017

QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds

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QLD Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the
Central Coast and Whitsundays and parts of the
Herbert and Lower Burdekin,
Central Highlands and Coalfields and
Capricornia Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:05 pm Wednesday, 29 March 2017.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Emerald, Mackay, Proserpine, Bowen, Townsville and Hamilton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.


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QLD Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain

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QLD Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in the Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia and parts of the Central West and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Issued at 2:58 am Wednesday, 29 March 2017.

Headline:

Heavy rain and damaging wind gusts are currently affecting the Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts.

Synoptic Situation:

At 3am EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located over inland central Queensland about 80 kilometres west southwest of Collinsville and 145 kilometres northwest of Moranbah. The system is expected to continue moving southwards over the central interior of the state today before tracking southeastwards during Thursday.

Impacts:

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will continue to generate areas of very heavy rain over the Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts today. Currently the heaviest rainfall is occurring over areas north of about Springsure to Yeppoon though the heavy rain bands will slip further south through the remaining central interior with the system today. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm are expected, with significantly higher totals possible locally. This rainfall will likely be very intense at times, leading to a risk of localised flash flooding. Locations that may be affected include Mackay, Sarina, Carmila, Yeppoon, Moranbah, Clermont, Emerald, Springsure and Rolleston.

The focus for heavy rain will then shift south and extend into the southeastern quarter of the state during Thursday, with further daily rainfall totals in excess of 200mm possible.

This rainfall 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 New South Wales border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 120km/h, are occurring in the warning area, particularly about the coast and islands and also over higher ground inland. Currently the strongest wind gusts are affecting areas north of about Emerald to St Lawrence though the possibility of damaging wind gusts should shift to the remaining warning area as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie tracks south southeastwards tonight. Into Thursday the focus for damaging wind gusts will likely shift to the Capricornia coast and then possibly to the remaining coast near and south of Fraser Island during Thursday afternoon and evening.

Water levels on the high tide could exceed the highest tide of the year over the warning area north of St Lawrence today, leading to some local inundation.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Lucinda to St Lawrence & inland

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QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Lucinda to St Lawrence & inland


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Media: Transmitters serving the coastal and adjacent inland areas between Ayr and Sarina, including the Whitsunday Islands, are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the following warning
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 37

Issued at 6:00 am EST on Tuesday 28 March 2017

Headline:

Eye wall of severe tropical cyclone Debbie soon to pass across the Whitsunday Islands.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.

Watch Zone

None.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 6:00 am AEST:

Intensity: Category 4, sustained winds near the centre of 175 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 30 kilometres of 19.8 degrees South 149.2 degrees East, estimated to be 105 kilometres east northeast of Bowen and 75 kilometres north northeast of Hamilton Island.

Movement: west southwest at 8 kilometres per hour.

Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is currently a category 4 cyclone and is forecast to make landfall between Ayr and Midge Point late this morning towards midday.

Hazards:

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of severe tropical cyclone Debbie is now starting to impact the Whitsunday Islands and the centre of the system is forecast to cross the coast between Ayr and Midge Point later this morning towards midday with wind gusts potentially to 260 km/h near the centre.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h are occurring about the coast and islands between Bowen and Midge Point, including Proserpine, and will extend further along the coast to areas between Ayr and Sarina during this morning or afternoon. These DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may extend further north along the coast to Townsville and to adjacent inland areas, including Collinsville, Charters Towers, and Mount Coolon during the day today. It is possible that these DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may extend further south along the coast to St Lawrence today.

GALES are now occurring about the coast and island between about Home Hill and Sarina. These GALES are expected to extend to the remaining coastal and island areas between Townsville and St Lawrence later today. GALES could potentially extend further north to Lucinda and further inland to locations such as Charters Towers, Pentland, Mount Coolon, and Moranbah this afternoon and tonight.

Residents between Ayr and St Lawrence are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level which will be significantly above the normal tide, with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland. 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 follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding have developed around the Central Coast and Whitsundays district and are expected to spread to other parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas today. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm, with isolated event totals of 500 mm, are also likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area this week, and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Rollingstone and Gladstone, extending inland to the Upper Flinders, Thomson and Barcoo catchments.

Recommended Action:

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

- Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone - very destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.

- Follow the evacuation advice or directions of Police, Emergency Services personnel and local authorities.

People elsewhere along the coast between Lucinda and St Lawrence and adjacent inland areas, including Collinsville, Charters Towers, Pentland and Moranbah, should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

- Boats and outside property should be secured.

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage)..


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Monday, March 27, 2017

QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cardwell to St Lawrence

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QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Cardwell to St Lawrence


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Media: Transmitters serving the coastal and adjacent inland areas between Bowen and Sarina, including the Whitsunday Islands, are requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the following warning
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 27

Issued at 7:59 pm EST on Monday 27 March 2017

Headline:

Severe tropical cyclone Debbie has intensified to category 4.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Cardwell to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers and Mount Coolon..

Watch Zone

Areas further inland including Pentland and Moranbah..

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 8:00 pm AEST:

Intensity: Category 4, sustained winds near the centre of 165 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 30 kilometres of 19.5 degrees South 149.8 degrees East, estimated to be 170 kilometres east northeast of Bowen and 195 kilometres north northeast of Mackay.

Movement: west southwest at 9 kilometres per hour.

Severe tropical cyclone Debbie has strengthened into a category 4 system. It may intensify further as it continues to move west-southwest towards the north Queensland coast tonight. Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is forecast to make landfall between Cape Upstart and Cape Hillsborough (north of Mackay) on Tuesday morning.

Hazards:

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Debbie is forecast to cross the coast between Cape Upstart and Cape Hillsborough (north of Mackay) on Tuesday morning with wind gusts potentially to 275 km/h near the centre of the system.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h will develop about the exposed coast and islands between Cape Upstart and Mackay tonight. These DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may extend further northwest along the coast to Townsville and to adjacent inland areas, including Collinsville, during the day on Tuesday.

GALES are now occurring about the Whitsunday Islands and the nearby coast, extending south to about Sarina, and are expected to extend to the remaining exposed coast and islands elsewhere between Ayr and St Lawrence this evening. GALES could potentially extend further northwest to Cardwell and further inland to locations such as Charters Towers, and Mount Coolon on Tuesday.

GALES may extend further inland to locations such as Pentland and Moranbah as the weakening cyclone moves further inland on Tuesday night.

Residents between Cape Upstart and St Lawrence are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast on Tuesday morning. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline as the cyclone approaches the coast on Tuesday. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. 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 follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding have developed around the central coast and Whitsundays and are expected to spread to other parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas tonight and continue through Tuesday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm, with isolated event totals of 500 mm, are also likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area next week, and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Rollingstone and Gladstone, extending inland to the Upper Flinders, Thomson and Barcoo catchments.

Recommended Action:

People on the Whitsunday Islands should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

People between Cardwell and St Lawrence, and inland to Collinsville, Charters Towers, and Mount Coolon should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property.

- Boats and outside property should be secured using available daylight hours.

People further inland, including Pentland, and Moranbah, should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).


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QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Warning Zone Cardwell to St Lawrence

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QLD Tropical Cyclone Warning: Warning Zone Cardwell to St Lawrence


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 10:59 am EST on Monday 27 March 2017
Headline:

Debbie becomes a severe category 3 system, expected to intensity further on approach to the north Queensland coast.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone
Cardwell to St Lawrence including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, and inland of Bowen including Charters Towers.

Watch Zone
inland areas between Lucinda and Mackay including Pentland, and Mount Coolon.

Cancelled Zone
None.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie at 10:00 am AEST:

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 35 kilometres of 19.1 degrees South 150.4 degrees East, estimated to be 375 kilometres east of Townsville and 250 kilometres east northeast of Bowen.

Movement: south southwest at 7 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie has recently strengthened into a category 3 system, and is expected to intensify further as it continues to move west-southwest towards the Queensland coast today. Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to make landfall as a severe tropical cyclone between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough, north of Mackay, on Tuesday morning.
Hazards:

GALES are now occuring about the Whitsunday Islands, and are expected to extend to the exposed coast and islands elsewhere between Ayr and Mackay this morning and early afternoon. GALES could extend to remaining coastal and adjacent inland areas between Townsville and St Lawrence later today before potentially extending further north to Cardwell and further west to inland locations such as Charters Towers, Pentland and Mount Coolon on Tuesday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts over 125 km/h may develop about the exposed coast and islands between Cape Upstart and Mackay during the afternoon. These DESTRUCTIVE WINDS may extend further north along the coast to Townsville overnight and during Tuesday and to adjacent inland areas, including Collinsville, on Tuesday.

The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Debbie is forecast to cross the coast between Townsville and Mackay on Tuesday morning with wind gusts potentially to 240 km/h near the centre of the system.

Abnormally high tides are expected to occur along the coast between Proserpine and Mackay on the high tides today.

Residents between Cape Ferguson and Mackay are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast on Tuesday morning. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline as the cyclone approaches the coast on Tuesday. Large waves may also develop along the beachfront. 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 follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas later today and continue through Tuesday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 200 mm, with isolated falls of 400 mm, are also likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area next week, and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cardwell and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments.
Recommended Action:

People on the Whitsunday Islands should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

- Boats and outside property should be secured using available daylight hours.

People between Cardwell and St Lawrence, and inland to Collinsville and Charters Towers, should immediately commence or continue preparations, especially securing boats and property.

People inland of Lucinda to Mackay including Pentland and Mount Coolon should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

QLD Flood Watch: Cardwell to Gladstone inland to eastern Gulf River

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QLD Flood Watch: Cardwell to Gladstone inland to eastern Gulf River


Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 12:00 pm EST on Sunday 26 March 2017

Issue Number: 4

Widespread river level rises above the minor flood level are expected across the Flood Watch area from early Tuesday. Major flooding is likely.

Heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to result in widespread daily totals of up to 200 mm from Monday. Isolated daily totals of up to 400 mm are possible particularly in the coastal catchments in the Flood Watch area.

Heavy rainfall will also lead to localised flash flooding.

Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Herbert, Ross, Bohle and Black Rivers, Bluewater Creek, Haughton, Burdekin, Don, Proserpine, Pioneer, Fitzroy, Calliope, Gilbert and Upper Flinders Rivers.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

See www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood/brochures/flood_watch/ for further information about Flood Watch.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts
Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

For the latest cyclone forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings/

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood

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