The latest update from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) indicates that Tropical Cyclone Debbie is continuing on a west-southwest track towards the north Queensland coast as a category 4 system. Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is currently a category 4 cyclone and is forecast to make landfall on the mainland between about Ayr and Midge Point at around midday.
Current estimates are that the cyclone will make landfall around the Bowen area, but the cyclone could change track.
It is important that we do not get complacent and that you continue to watch and listen to the media as the wind and rain is expected to intensify during the day today (Tuesday).
Do not go outside until this event is completely over and the emergency services have been able to ensure that everything is safe.
The Bureau of Meteorology provides the official information and is available at:
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.
The Bureau of Meteorology recommends the following:
- 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.