The Local Disaster Management Chair, Cr. Lyn McLaughlin advised that today has been spent monitoring and finalising preparations for Tropical Cyclone Debbie in conjunction with the State and District Disaster Management groups. The LDMG has moved to a heighten state of preparedness in preparation for Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The latest update from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) indicates that Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently a category 1 cyclone, but is continuing to show signs of development. The system has been relatively slow moving during today, but is expected to adopt a steady west-southwest track in the next few hours. This general west-southwesterly motion is expected to continue for the next few days, bringing the cyclone towards and eventually onto the north Queensland coast. Conditions are expected to favour the continued intensification of the cyclone as it approaches the coast over the weekend and into early next week.
Areas of heavy rain are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas into Sunday. A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cooktown and Mackay, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments.
For residents wanting to obtain up to date information concerning Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the BOM http://www.bom.gov.au and Council’s website http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au are being regularly updated and should be used.
Cr. McLaughlin encourages all residents to have their emergency kits ready and preparation finalised by Sunday.
“Any residents considering evacuating the region are encouraged to do so on Sunday after checking road conditions due to the strong wides and heavy rain predicted to begin on Monday. At this early stage, storm tide modelling from BOM will see our coastal communities requiring evacuation and the LDMG will advise if a directed evacuation is necessary.
“Council’s Customer Service Call Centre will be manned on Sunday 26 March from 8am to assist with telephone enquiries,” said Cr. McLaughlin.
The LDMG will be reconvening at 9am on Sunday 26 March, 2017.