The Weather Bureau has issued a Severe Weather Warning which touches into some of Our Towns and comes as the South East of the State cops a big belting from the tail end of Cyclone Debbie.
Heavy rain and damaging wind gusts are currently affecting the South-East corner and Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts this morning.
As Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie passes slowly over inland central Queensland near Rolleston, the system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over the southern parts of the Central Highlands this morning, before tracking over southeast Queensland during Thursday afternoon and evening.
The rain and focus to East and South East Emergency is placing severe stress on Emergency workers with back up now coming in from NSW across the day and authorities are scrambling to get more support into the cyclone ravaged areas of Whitsunday’s and Mackay.
The warning in Our Towns is that the rainfall is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Gladstone 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.
As the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie continues to impact on hospital and health services in the affected areas, staff from Brisbane and Gold Coast hospitals are heading north to help to ease the burden.
Emergency department doctors, emergency nurses, intensive care nurses, midwives, pharmacists, radiographers, mental health professionals, environmental officers and food services staff will all fly north today to lend a hand.
The East of the State in Snap Shot:
• Destructive winds, heavy rain to strike from Airlie Beach to the NSW border
• All schools closed AGNES waters to the Border
• Heavy rainfall to hit Darling Downs, south-east coast on Thursday morning
• Destructive winds to hit Wide Bay, Burnett and south-east coast from Thursday afternoon
• Rescuers are plucking people from rooftops, cars outside of Mackay
• SEQ ordered to “shut down” after lunch as storms arrive
• Rainfall of between 150-250mm expected in 24 hours.
• Close to 1,000 homes without power in SEQ
• Flash flooding risks in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, Miles and Sunshine Coast and starting in Brisbane, Redland Logan and Ipswich
• Parts of the state now being evacuated as dams release water
• UP to 30 people are desperately waiting to be airlifted outside of Mackay
• BOM meteorologist Matthew Bass said much of the south-east should prepare for 200mm to fall in the coming 24 hours.
The warning is quite clear…anyone planning any travel today should check road conditions and authorities are suggesting any travel into he south east today should be re-planned and delayed.