Harry Bruce cartoon cyclone debbie
Harry Bruce cartoon cyclone debbie contributed

CYCLONE DEBBIE: What you need to know before she hits

CYCLONE Debbie is forecast to make landfall about 6am on Tuesday.

From local school closures to transport and energy changes, this is what you need to know.

>> Download the Mackay Emergency Plan here

>> EVACUATIONS: Residents told to get out

>> Mackay should be prepared for conditions to "deteriorate rapidly"

 

Cyclone Debbie's track map as at 5pm March 26, 2017.
Cyclone Debbie's track map as at 5pm March 26, 2017.

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Evacuation maps

The council and state government have released maps of the areas expected to be affected by a storm surge associated with cyclone Debbie.

View the Mackay area maps here.

Download the maps here.

Education

The Department of Education has shut 74 public schools in preparation for Cyclone Debbie.

Nine Catholic schools and eight early childhood centres will also shut.

Full up-to-date list here.

The Mackay James Cook University campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday amid safety concerns over Cyclone Debbie. Further updates will be provided to students regarding the re-opening of the campus.

LISTEN: Don't be fooled, weather will get worse quickly

Transport

Queensland Rail has scheduled coaches to convey passengers north of Mackay.

Virgin flights to and from Mackay Airport were cancelled Sunday night but Qantas and Jetstar flights were still operating.

The Mackay Airport Cyclone Committee is monitoring the situation and further advice will be issued according the information provided by the BOM. These will be posted on the Mackay Airport Facebook page.

Residents in the affected areas are being warned to expect major road closures once the cyclone makes landfall, with all affected routes updated on the Queensland Traffic website.

All ports between Townsville and Abbot Point have been closed.

Energy

More than 30 specialised trucks are being driven to north Queensland to assist Ergon Energy crews with any required power restoration post cyclone.

Energy Queensland has 125 generators available, 35 mobile generators, four high voltage units and three mobile substations to assist.

More than 800 field staff are available to be deployed to the response zone from Ergon Energy, Energex and contractor resources.

King tide and storm surge
King tide and storm surge

Tidal surge and flooding

The storm surge is the biggest threat for Mackay residents. More on that here.

See if your home is at risk from a storm surge see here.

The Whitsunday Council has ordered a police-enacted evacuation of designated low lying areas in preparation for cyclone Debbie to make landfall. Residents living in the red and orange zones have been directed to evacuate their property and people living in the yellow zone have been advised to voluntarily evacuate.

The government is working with emergency services to model how a tidal surge could affect the coast with residents in other low lying areas being warned to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Queensland Surf Life Savers have closed all beaches between Mackay and Townsville.

Health services

Mackay HHS has activated its Code Green natural disaster planning and has stood up its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

The EOC team and Queensland Ambulance Service met on Sunday night to assess the current situation and health resources. EOC will meet again on Monday morning for more forward planning.

All elective surgery is cancelled for Monday and Tuesday.

Appointments in the Specialist Outpatients Department at Mackay Base are cancelled Monday and Tuesday including allied health, antenatal, women's and children's clinics.

Mackay Community Mental Health, BreastScreen, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Carlyle Community Health Centre appointments also cancelled Monday and Tuesday.

Cannonvale Community Health Centre until further notice as this service is located in a flood zone.

Tide times Mackay

Sunday: 3.33am (0.86m), 9:37am (5.79m) 4:08pm (0.71m) and 10:01pm (5.39m).

Monday: 4.15am (0.66m), 10.15am (5.92m), 4.45pm (0.53m) and 10:39pm (5.62m).

Tuesday: 4.56am (0.55m), 10.54am (5.93m), 5:22pm (0.53m) and 11:20pm (5.76m).

Emergency contact

For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero.

Documents

Bureau of Meteorology Map

Flood maps

 

Cyclone Debbie preparations under way at Home Hill, North Queensland.
Cyclone Debbie preparations under way at Home Hill, North Queensland. Cas Garvey

Radio

Mackay and Central Queensland: 101.1FM

Townsville and North Queensland: 630AM

TASKS TO DO BEFORE THE STORM HITS

1. Move wheelie bins inside or fill them up with water to prevent them flying away. Secure all other loose outdoor items.

2. Fill buckets and baths with fresh, clean water incase water supplies become restricted in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone. You will also need purification tablets to make the water drinkable.

3. Place outdoor, plastic furniture into a swimming pool if you have one to stop them from flying around in high winds.

4. Wrap a tarpaulin or a blanket around your car and secure it tightly if you can't move it under shelter.

5. Identify the most secure place in your house.

In the worst-case scenario that your home begins tearing apart, you need to quickly move to the strongest part of your home.

This could be a cellar, an internal room, a hallway or built-in wardrobe, under a bed, or even a strong table or bench.

In this scenario, you won't have long, so it's important everyone in your family is aware of the procedures if this occurs.



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