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Precision Global names James Taylor U.S. Director of Sales

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Precision Global, a leading global manufacturer of aerosol valves, actuators and other dispensing solutions, today announced that James Taylor has been appointed U.S. Director of Sales. Mr. Taylor will be based in Greenville, SC and will report to Precision's Chief Commercial Officer, Markus Raab. James Taylor brings to Precision over 25 years of sales and business development experience in the packaging and manufacturing sectors. He previously served as a Commercial Development Manager for (...) -

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James Taylor: Former England cricketer joins charity initiative in schools

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Former England cricketer James Taylor is hoping to teach resilience to schoolchildren after his forced retirement because of a serious heart condition.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

James Taylor: Former England cricketer joins charity initiative in schools

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Former England cricketer James Taylor is hoping to teach resilience to schoolchildren after his forced retirement due to a serious heart condition.

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www.theguardian.com: Thousands without power in south-east Queensland after Cyclone Debbie – as it happened

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South-east Queensland could get up to 500mm of rain by the end of today as the weather system spreads chaos into NSW


If the rain and flood damage isn’t bad enough for Queensland residents affected by the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, the spiders that follow will be an unwelcome addition.


Destructive winds are being recorded in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs with one gust recording 115km/h. Queensland Ambulance is warning people to stay out of stormwater and if you see anyone in it, tell them to get out!

Brisbane city streets very quiet tonight but plenty of buses still running, helping people get home


Warnings of heavy rain have been issued for Dayboro, north-west of Brisbane. The Queensland BoM says 60-85mm of rain has fallen in the past hour.

An area of heavy rain is moving south through Dayboro. 60 to 85 mm recorded in the last hour.


Widespread flooding in Lismore led to a flood evacuation order for the CBD and north and south of the city.

Reporter is LIVE from flood-stricken northern NSW.


It’s going to be a very long night for people in south-east Queensland and northern NSW with another three to six hours of heavy rainfall predicted.

.BOM_Qld says there is still another 3-6 hours of very heavy rainfall for Sunshine Coast through to northern NSW this evening


says more 52, 731 customers are without power in south-east Queensland. Of that, 33,000 are on the Sunshine Coast and more than 1,100 in Brisbane.


The Queensland government’s wave monitoring unit has recorded a wave of over eight meters at Mooloolaba on the state’s Sunshine Coast. The unit uses buoys to measure the height of passing waves which are then transmitted to nearby receiver stations.

A wave of over 8m has been recorded off Mooloolaba after the Sunshine Coast copped wind gusts over 100km/h


Up to 417mm of rain has fallen over the Tweed River valley in northern NSW in the past 24 hours, leading to significant rises in river levels in the area. The Bureau is forecasting further rainfall in the next 24 hours
Major flooding has happened at Murwillumbah and moderate flooding is predicted at Chinderah tonight with the high tide. Residents in the South Murwillumbah were ordered to evacuate the area earlier on Thursday.

BREAKING: residents near ordered to now, as rises twd major level.


Looks like someone forgot to give Channel 7’s Chris Reason the dress code for reporting.

Pick the odd man out in the !


The Bureau says that at 5pm ex-tropical cyclone Debbie was 100km west of Kingaroy, about two-and-a-half hours drive west of Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast.
The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over southeast Queensland during Thursday afternoon and evening. Ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie is then expected to move off the far southeast coast overnight.


One of the pictures of the day from Queensland was a bull shark washed up in Ayr, where Cylcone Debbie made landfall.

This is just the beginning... ️


The river has risen substantially at Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane as this commuter found out on the journey home.

Ipswich rd at oxley 5.40pm # NOTRAFFIC :)


These broadcasters are keeping their sense of humour: “The weather radar looks like a Smurf in a blender”. I’m guess that’s lots of blue.

The heaviest of the rainfall at the moment is about parts of the Wide Bay near Bundaberg and areas south of Brisbane.


I’m not sure the promise of free travel home is going to help anyone enjoy their journey out of the city tonight.

The sign at South Brisbane station tells the story.

. warns heavy falls still to come
Details:


Noosa council says the highest annual tide will occur at 11pm tonight, exacerbating the potential for flooding in coastal areas. It says up to 400mm of rain has fallen in hinterland areas, which it says increases the likelihood of flash flooding.


The BoM is advising residents on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to take precautions ahead of approaching “very dangerous thunderstorm activity”. It says to move cars away from trees; seek shelter (preferably indoors, never under trees); and to avoid using phones during thunderstorms.

Noosa feeling the after effects of right now, similar to Cat 2 Cyclone strength


The Bureau of Meteorology is reporting very dangerous thunderstorm activity on the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland. Their map (below) shows the storm moving from Noosa Heads south towards Moreton Bay.
The Bureau says the thunderstorms are forecast to affect Maroochydore, Caloundra and waters off Maroochydore by 5.40pm and waters off Bribie Island, northern Bribie Island and Beerwah by 6.10 pm. It says destructive winds are likely.

Very dangerous activity near the - Destructive winds possible with its progression south


Northern NSW is taking a hammering. The SES has issued an evacuation order for Tweed Heads South and Tweed Heads West. Tweed Heads has a population of 7,500 people. That adds to the orders for Lismore and which could affect thousands more people.

Flood Evacuation Order issued for Tweed Heads South and Tweed Heads West.
Time to leave is now.
Major flooding is forecast along the Tweed River at Murwillumbah late Thursday afternoon, with river levels predicted to be slightly higher than the 2001 and 2008 floods. Further rises are possible with rainfall forecast overnight tonight.
Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 to 48 hours which could produce further level rises. The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that the Tweed River will: Exceed 4.80 metres at the Murwillumbah gauge late Thursday afternoon, and may reach 5.30 metres late Thursday evening.


From NSW SES HQ within the last half-hour.

. expects flooding to get worse during the night. Updates on evacuation order for 6,000 residents at Lismore Debbie


The communities hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie are starting to feel a little less isolated now road access has been restored via the Bruce Highway from the north and army trucks and Ergon Energy crews are out and about.
But for most there remains no power, and “the worst thing” as Bowen local Lawrie Brazil puts it, no town water.


NSW SES is reminding residents of that northern NSW region round Lismore to get out of the area. At this point, time is of the essence.

Lismore South & North, Lismore CBD, Chinderah, Kingscliff, Fingal Head and Bilambil. You must leave NOW. Evacuation Order is in place


Rising floodwaters also appear set to isolate some Gold Coast residents, as heavy rain continues to fall across the region.
has been issued for the Tallebudgera Valley, which is expected to be cut off as roads are inundated.

Emergency alert issued to residents

Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at


More on that evacuation order for northern NSW.

wow, is very big and very wet indeed.


Go you good thing.

On our stroll to look at damage we came across a little guy looking for some dry land too.


Daredevils jetskiing and body-boarding in flooded waterways in southeast Queensland have been warned they could divert authorities from important rescue missions.

Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at

Spare a thought for police, emergency workers and essential hospital staff who continue to remain on duty providing care Brisbane


Mark Bailey, state minister for road safety and minister for energy, has said many people in North Queensland are without power and services cannot be restored while roadways are flooded.
The says the places where most customers affected are in Logan City (2,215), Sunshine Coast (1,824), Noosa (1,093) and the Scenic Rim Regional (1,067) areas. Updates are expected later this evening.

1,395 customers without power in Brisbane City, Logan City area. Check website for updates


Now that #TCDebbie has passed #BigWet is trending on Twitter.

And this be in our pergola

These some more palm trees

Flooded walkways in Kedron Park, Nundah. Please only send through images and vids if it's safe to do so! Stay dry!

Kedron Brook River in is raging!

There's a lot of good Darwin Award nominees today.


Sad news. “Debbie the cyclone cockatoo”, pulled from the floodwaters, has died.

Such sad news from QLD that Debbie the cockatoo has died. She represented so many animals injured by the cyclone

Debbie the cyclone cockatoo died the world is a terrible place


NSW Emergency Services has issued a flood evacuation warning for parts of the state’s far north coast as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie makes her way down from Queensland.
Mark Morrow, the acting deputy commissioner of NSW SES, told ABC News 24 the crucial areas were Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Condon in the region of the Tweed River. Downstream, Chinderah, Bilambil and Fingal Head were also on the SES radar.


Queensland Fire & Emergency has shared this striking imagery of a bull shark that found itself too far inland in floodwaters.

Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater.


Senior Bom forecaster James Taylor has seen fire and he’s seen rain, and a lot of the latter today. He just gave an update on ABC News 24.
The former cyclone has met with a cold front moving through north-eastern New South Wales, which is drawing in drier air in its north-west. But in the east and south, moisture from the Coral Sea is creating heavy rainfall over the Great Dividing Range and coastal regions.


Swift water rescue teams have pulled over 40 people from floodwaters today, with most either stranded in cars following flash floods across Brisbane, or on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
More details have come through of the rescue of the family trapped by floodwaters in their home at Tanawah, including four children aged from 11 months to nine years old.


My colleague Nick Evershed has put the former Cyclone Debbie into context, of the former cyclone with other weather events, like a light Melbourne drizzle to the torrential downpours caused by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.


Afternoon, all – I’m taking over the live blog from Christopher, who reported half an hour ago that all the schools in south-east Queensland that were closed today would remain so tomorrow.
The state’s Department of Education and Training has put out a statement expanding on those closures, “strongly urging parents to check local weather conditions and road access, and put their safety — and that of their children — above all else”.


Here’s some more vision of the situation on the Gold Coast, where major flooding has cut off roads and submerged cars. These cars are stuck in floodwaters just outside the Robina hospital.


A thunderstorm is about to bring destructive winds to the Gympie Council Area. The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning, and say damaging winds will hit Kilkivan by 2.35 pm (local time) and Kilkivan, Bauple and Mount Kanighan by 3.05 pm.


Tourists who were trapped on Daydream Island are now in Airlie Beach, where they’ve again found themselves stuck with no accommodation and no information.
One of the evacuees, Hermione Gardiner, told my colleague, Helen Davidson, that they were being given very little assistance. It sounds pretty grim for the group.

Holiday makers arrive back from islands in the Whitsundays only to find they're now stuck in Airlie Beach.


Schools in storm-ravaged south-east Queensland will remain closed on Friday.
The government announced this morning that all public, private, and independent schools would close on Thursday to limit movement and prevent injuries during Thursday’s dangerous weather.

UPDATE All schools that were closed today will remain closed tomorrow


Residents outside the Queensland town of Biloela are being urged to consider relocating as authorities issue an emergency alert for water levels at the Callide and Kroombit Dams.
Police said preparations to leave should be made immediately and residents in areas at risk are being told to head to the Biloela civic centre.


The Bureau of Meteorology says parts of Brisbane have recorded 200mm in two hours. Parts of the Gold Coast have seen 380mm.

Alpha Street, Taringa. Live coverage on now.

Can't get onto the highway from my house as access closed. This Gold Coast weather is unbelievable at the moment. Definitely staying indoors

Dam overflowing in central Queensland after heavy falls last night and this morning from . Number 7 Dam at Mount Morgan

Langlands St, East Brisbane: cars underwater, houses flooding underneath


Malcolm Turnbull has arrived back in Canberra after his visit to cyclone-affected areas on the north Queensland coast. Turnbull spoke of Cyclone Debbie in question time, praising emergency services and the military, which he said had the largest pre-deployment for a natural disaster in its history.
Turnbull said his visit had reinforced the importance of cyclone-resistant structures.


South-east Queensland could experience rainfall of 400mm in 24 hours. The rainfall is set to intensify throughout the afternoon and into Thursday night.
Queensland Police commissioner, Ian Stewart, was wary of predicting rainfall in any single area.


Some good news from the Sunshine Coast. We mentioned earlier a family was trapped in their home by floodwaters at Tanawha. They have now been rescued, and have been taken to dry land on an inflatable raft.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Family rescued from flooded home. Inflatable raft making its way to dry land now.


Parts of Murwillumbah, in northern NSW, are now flooded. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, destructive winds, abnormally high tides, and damaging surf across the Northern Rivers region, and parts of the parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast districts.

Storm force winds are likely to develop over coastal waters off the southern Queensland coast on Friday. Check


Guests stranded at the Daydream Island resort are expected to be evacuated via ferry to Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie by 2pm local time. Hamilton Island airport is already struggling to accommodate thousands of guests wanting to get off the island, and is warning that not everyone will be able to leave today.

2 vessels evacuating all guests to either Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie. Should be completed by 2pm today


The heaviest of the rainfall is currently taking place in parts of Wide Bay, near Bundaberg, and areas south of Brisbane, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Gold Coast so far.

Even the cows are seeking higher ground to try to stay out of the rain on the Gold Coast


Energy minister, Mark Bailey, has posted pictures of destroyed electricity towers across north Queensland. Ergon Energy is working to restore power to more than 60,000 homes in the region, but warns it will take time, and priority will be given to critical infrastructure like hospitals, sewage plants, and supermarkets.

10 NQ electricity towers folded like cardboard in Pics just in from chopper doing damage assessments


More images are emerging of the trail of destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday region. Here Helen Muller of Proserpine sits in the ruins of her double garage, which was built by her father.


A rescue operation is under way at Tanawha, on the Sunshine Coast, where two adults and four children are trapped in a flooded home. We’ll bring you more on that as soon as it comes to hand.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Swiftwater rescuers on scene where 2 adults & 4 kids are trapped in flooded home. Rescue underway.


Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, has spoken about the rescue of dozens of people trapped by floodwaters in towns around Mackay.
“I was just briefed some 30 minutes ago that the rescue is completed for both Eton as well as Homebush,” she told the ABC. “We had about 20 to 30 people at Eton and 40 at Homebush.


The Nerang river on the Gold Coast is flooded. The major M1 highway remains flooded at Mudgeeraba. The Gold Coast Bulletin has put .

Nerang River, Sorrento. Gold Coast.


The RACQ has already received 252 insurance claims after Cyclone Debbie.
The Insurance Council of Australia declared Debbie a catastrophe on Tuesday. The damage bill is expected to be significant. It was the worst cyclone to hit the region since Yasi in 2011. That cyclone resulted in $1.4bn in insurance claims.

We've had 252 cyclone, flood & storm claims this wk. Visit if you need to to make a claim.


AAP is reporting waits of up to an hour for sandbags at some Brisbane SES depots.
The waits are occurring despite thousands being pre-prepared. The city’s lord mayor, Graham Quirk, said the council had arranged for 500 tonnes of sand to be turned into 40,000 sandbags this week and crews are now adding to that at a rate of 4,000 an hour. The lord mayor arrived at Brisbane’s Newmarket SES depot to a line of cars waiting up to an hour for sandbags, as parts of the city experience flash flooding.


Motorists appear to be ignoring the warnings of authorities to stay off the roads. Vision shows cars driving through floodwaters in Milton, on the northern banks of the Brisbane river.

BMW gets stuck in floodwaters in Milton. Video: Lachie Bishop-West. Live coverage on now.

Beck street in Paddington flooded.


The State Emergency Service has received more than 430 calls for help in south-east Queensland, mostly for sandbagging.
Police are receiving calls about localised flooding across the city.

Police receiving numerous calls about localised flooding. Remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT. fo


Major flooding is now expected for NSW’s northern rivers, including the Tweed. The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its flood warning for the region.

Flood Warning updated for the Tweed River. Major flooding expected at Murwillumbah today.


We mentioned earlier that people were trapped by floodwaters at Eton, near Mackay. Emergency services say they have now evacuated more than 80 people from Eton. That includes 12 people who were taken by helicopter to Walkerston, to the north-east.

> 80 evacuations from Eton: 46 moved to higher ground yesterday; 12 choppered to Walkerstone today @ 10am. Stay away from flooded areas.


The Gold Coast is experiencing major flooding. These cars are almost fully submerged outside Robina hospital.


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the worst is yet to come for south-east Queensland. The meteorologist James Taylor said Brisbane was now seeing 35mm to 45mm of rainfall an hour, with some areas experiencing more than 50mm. He said flash flooding was a real concern in the city. Heavy rain overnight meant the run-off from this morning’s rain would be “extremely quick”.
The remnants of Cyclone Debbie are still moving towards the state’s south-east and are starting to interact with a cold front moving north.


Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek is flooding. The creek flows from the west into the city, past the Enoggera army base, Ballymore stadium, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital, before joining the Brisbane river.

Breakfast Creek in Newmarket has had enough.


This rainfall map for Brisbane (yes, it’s in there somewhere) gives an idea of just what the city is going through right now.


There’s an update from tourist Hermione Gardiner, who is stuck on Daydream Island. She told my colleague Helen Davidson that the navy had arrived.
“Navy is here, getting us off soon. I think we’re being shipped to Airlie Beach but no news what will happen when we get there … roads to Proserpine airport closed,” Gardiner said.

Airlie Beach catering service has opened its door to anyone wanting a free feed. Amazing spirit on display.


Some pretty scary rainfall figures coming out of Brisbane. In Aspley, a suburb in the city’s north, 122mm fell in three hours. In nearby Alderley, 130mm fell over the same time. A severe thunderstorm warning was .

Very dangerous situation unfolding in the region severe warning for heavy

Severe storm warning for HEAVY RAIN. 122mm in 3 hrs at Aspley. 130mm in 3 hrs at Alderley. STAY OFF THE ROADS


Thousands of stranded tourists will be evacuated from Hamilton Island as conditions ease, and Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar resume flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. But Hamilton Island authorities are warning passengers that flights are already near capacity, and that the loss of power and communications is forcing airlines to conduct manual check-ins. That means each check-in will take about 25 minutes.
“As such, we are anticipating long waits for guests and apologise in advance for this inconvenience,” the authorities said.

UPDATE (11am QLD time): We thank you for your continued patience please see the latest flight update attached for


Rockhampton regional council has updated its list of road closures. You can .


AAP has compiled this list of closures as a result of the weather in south-east Queensland:


Streets in Brisbane are already flooding. A full list of closures is .

Munro Street at St Lucia opposite flooded

Person looks on as car submerged in flood water. Heroes Avenue, Toowong.

Quick run down to the end of road to check on ... It's raging!


The Gold Coast airport is cancelling all Tigerair flights. Virgin flights are cancelled from midday local time.

⚠️️ All Tigerair services have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Virgin Australia services have been cancelled from 12pm AEST.

‼Airport Update ‼We are open however we are experiencing some delays due to ☔. Best to check with your airline for latest info!


Roads across a vast region of the state have either been cut off, damaged or flooded. Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the roads. Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads but it may not be exhaustive.
The Marlborough-Sarina Road, which runs south of Mackay, has collapsed in the heavy rains.

Section of Old Maryborough-Sarina Road collapsed after heavy rain. Photos by Theresa Allgood:


Emergency services are reminding parents to keep their kids away from flooded creeks and drains after the closure of all schools between Agnes Water and NSW.
The closures include independent and private schools. Businesses have also been urged to close after midday.

With schools closed across Qld, parents keep kids inside & away from flooded creeks/drains: ​


We mentioned earlier that Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten had visited cyclone-ravaged areas in north Queensland. They’ve declared themselves on a “unity ticket” in support of the region. These photos of their trip along the north Queensland coast have just come in.


An ABC reporter, Megan Hendry, has just tweeted this picture of a snake on the flooded Bruce Highway, at Bajool, south of Rockhampton.

Snakes on a highway. Wildlife escaping the floodwaters across the Bruce at Bajool


Satellite imagery gives a good idea of the tropical low’s movement towards south-east Queensland.
The images come from the Himawari series of weather satellites, operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.


Organisers of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast have suspended competition until further notice because of Queensland’s wild weather.
Beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast have been closed.

: All beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast, including South Bank Lagoon. Stay out of the water!


Hermione Gardiner is on Daydream Island, which has been hit hard by the cyclone. It’s expected evacuations will begin today. Last night Gardiner described the situation.
Daydream is pretty ruined, not sure they’ll be having guests here for a while! We are getting very sparse updates so we don’t really know what is going on.
Since the cyclone passed drinking water is on rations (one bottle at a time), power is out in most areas of the hotel, as is running water so no toilets showers for the most part.


The first evacuation flights are reportedly leaving Hamilton Island today, and the ADF is also expected to get to Daydream, where hundreds of people are stranded.

HMAS Choules has left Brisbane after loading stores to support communities affected by


Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have arrived in north Queensland to inspect the cyclone-affected area. They’ve said they are on a “unity ticket”.
“This is an example of nature flinging her worst at Australians,” Turnbull said.


Authorities are trying to rescue about 50 people trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, says rescue efforts are under way to reach 11 people near Eton, in the Pioneer Valley, south-west of the city.


It’s “good news” that Queensland has just had a long, hot, dry summer, because the dams are not too full as these floods hit, according to the Queensland minister Mark Bailey.
Northpine dam was about 58% capacity, and Wivenhoe at 68%. “This is not comparable to the 2011 situation, let’s be clear about this,” Bailey said.


This is the latest round-up of flood warnings for Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers.

Initial flood warning for the Bremer River and Lockyer, Laidley and Warill creeks


“One of the things that concerns me about this system, is it is very much in the south-east an intensifying system … winds are going to pick up” said Queensland’s police commissioner, Ian Stewart.
“This is a very large system and it’s starting to move quite quickly.”


Good morning, this is Helen Davidson here to continue our coverage of the aftermath of cyclone Debbie and the heavy rains and flooding now affecting large parts of Queensland.
All schools in south-east Queensland – more than 600 – are closed today as the weather continues to deteriorate in the area.

www.theguardian.com: Police search for owners of cars found in floodwaters after Cyclone Debbie – as it happened

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Australian authorities assess damage from the category-four cyclone that hit coast between Airlie Beach and Mackay on Tuesday. Follow all the updates here


We’ll be winding up this blog now but stay tuned to the Guardian homepage for updates.
The extent of the damage caused by ex- is becoming clearer, but some places are still cut off from emergency services and communication. Debbie is now a tropical low heading towards central and south-east Queensland, and has brought dangerous flash floods.


There have been some rescues from the tops of cars caught in floodwaters, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Mark Roche has told the ABC.
Emergency crews work are now working to rescue three people stranded on the roof of another car submerged in floodwater on Rifle Range Road in Sarina, and a search is under way for the owners and possible passengers of two vehicles found submerged in the Whitsunday region.


From AAP:
Damage to properties with asbestos could leave Bowen residents homeless in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.


Flooding remains a threat for much of the region.

Flood Watch: Widespread river level rises above minor expected. Major flooding is likely ex

Lots of roads closed due to related flooding. pic shows Townsville to Hervey Bay. Red pins = closures

Sandbagging stations are being established across Redlands. Enclosed shoes must be worn. Locations:


Queensland’s deputy premier, Jackie Trad, has told Channel Nine the tropical low will be hitting south-east Queensland in the next 24 to 48 hours.
She said island communities – Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream – were all isolated with no communication. Police have made it to Hamilton to assist the 4,000 or so people wanting to get out.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad with the latest information out of Emergency Services Headquarters.


From Australian Associated Press:
Queensland police are searching for the owners and possible passengers of two vehicles found submerged in floodwaters in the cyclone-hit Whitsunday region.
At least one of the cars went under on the Bruce Highway near Proserpine and was found with its windows down on Wednesday.
The police commissioner, Ian Stewart, said officers were retracing the steps of those who owned the vehicles to find out if they were safe.


The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is on the ground in Bowen, where she just told media that roofs, fences, trees and power lines are down, but the SES is on the ground and people are already cleaning up.
“We’re going down to Proserpine next, where we expect there to be some more widespread damage,” she said. “It would have been horrific, and thankfully there has been no loss of life.”


“It is still too soon to know just how severe the impacts of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie are – this will take some days, or even weeks,” says Richard Thornton, chief executive of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.
We cannot prevent cyclones such as Debbie, but what Australia can do as a country is improve our mitigation across all natural hazards. But what we do know is that the cost of the response, and importantly, recovery, will be high, and not just in monetary terms.
We need to focus on better building and rebuilding of homes, and ensuring that existing houses have simple and cost-effective mitigation measures.
We have no national coastal strategy despite over 25 national inquires/reports recommending that we do.
We have no plan to minimise the impacts of extreme events and climate change on coastal communities despite a comprehensive parliamentary inquiry recommending that we do.


On Cyclone Debbie’s implications for the Great Barrier Reef, the coral scientist Terry Hughes has pointed out there is no silver lining.
There are concerns that a roughly 100km stretch of the reef will have been damaged in Debbie’s wake.


Despite warnings from police and other authorities, there have been instances of looting, .
It reports a Whitsunday restaurant, Banjo’s, was unscathed by the cyclone but looters allegedly broke in and stole thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, cash and a safe. They also allegedly destroyed security cameras. The chef, Damien Rogers, said he had made the discovery about 6am this morning.


Detail has been scant about Collinsville, the inland mining town struck by its first category-two cyclone last night, given that the town has been cut off by floods and phone and power outages.
But Mike Brunker, the Whitsunday regional councillor who is originally from the town, said Debbie would have come as a shock and he had been told of widespread roof damage.


This is Helen Davidson here, taking over from Christopher Knaus for the afternoon.
Teams from James Cook University are preparing to go into affected areas to begin assessing how buildings held up during the cyclone.


The extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie is becoming clearer today, although authorities warn they still have not contacted some of the region’s cut-off communities. Here’s what we know so far:


An Airlie Beach resident, Juliane Kasiske, has spoken to the ABC about her lucky escape from Cyclone Debbie.
She was sheltering in her bedroom but was forced to flee to her neighbour’s home as the winds worsened.

Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine cut off; BOM says winds still strong


The State Emergency Service has now received more than 1,000 requests for help, according to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Mark Roche.
It is thought that no one was killed by the cyclone. Roche puts that down to preparedness and the community’s willingness to heed the advice of emergency services.

. says focus is to ascertain level of damage from . Adds there have been reports of people stranded in flooded cars


The Bruce Highway is flooded 10km north of Bowen.

FLOOD WARNING - Bruce Hwy blocked at Sandy Gully 10kms north of Bowen. Remember, if it's flooded - FORGET IT


Floodwaters are continuing to cut off roads and threaten communities. Mackay is of particular concern. The Bureau of Meteorology’s hydration manager, Victoria Dodds, said the Pioneer basin, which drains down to Mackay, has had 1,000mm of rain in 48 hours.
“To put that in context, we would normally expect to see 1,500mm to 2,000mm over a year,” Dodds said. “So huge rainfall totals recorded in that Mackay-Pioneer basin.”


Readings from Bureau of Meteorology monitoring sites show the wind gust speed peaked at 263km/h at Hamilton Island, with lower speeds recorded at other areas in the region.


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning rainfall of 100mm an hour is being recorded in Mackay. A separate severe storm warning has been issued for the region.

Separate severe warning for area for very heavy rainfall leading to flash . Rainfall has reached 100mm per hour


The two fishermen whose ship ran aground off Whitsunday Island, Brian Burton and Sean Short, have spoken about their ordeal. The two men were forced to ride out the cyclone while stuck in their ship.
Burton said they had anchored and were ready for the cyclone but were not expecting it to make landfall so close.

2 men stranded after their boat ran aground near Whitsunday Is have been rescued by police.


Heavy rainfall is continuing to cause extensive flash flooding around Mackay. Police are urging motorists to stay off the road.

Very heavy rain is impacting the Mackay area and it's causing extensive flash flooding. Residents are asked to stay off the roads.

ATTENTION CENTRAL COAST RESIDENTS inc. MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS. There is a SEVERE WEATHER WARNING in place with FLASH FLOODING likely

Heavy rain, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding predicted for the next SEVERAL HOURS. Please delay all non-essential travel, stay indoors


Ex-Cyclone Debbie is thought to have caused significant damage to the region’s sugar cane and other crops. The extent of damage is still unclear, and authorities are having difficulty contacting farmers in isolated areas. But from the pictures that are starting to emerge, it’s safe to say that farmers are facing some pretty tough times.


The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s reef recovery director, Dr David Wachenfeld, is concerned about the cyclone’s impact. that Cyclone Debbie was likely to have damaged reefs in its path, as Cyclone Yasi did in 2011.
“The primary concern will be the immediate physical damage in that central part of the storm with high wind speeds,” Wachenfeld said. “It’s had lots of time for the wave energy to be built up by the winds and for that wave energy to hit the tops of the reefs.”


Ergon Energy’s communications director, John Fowler, has urged those with solar systems to turn them off.
“They should have turned them off before the storm, they need to turn them off at the switchboard and the inverter,” Fowler told the ABC.


Flooding has now cut off the Bruce Highway near the banks of the Burdekin river. The road is closed to all traffic at Home Hill, near Ayr.

now cut at First Street, Home Hill, due to flooding. Latest road closures:


Cars are negotiating fallen trees and debris on the road between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Authorities are urging residents to keep off the roads.


Queensland Health for staying healthy in the aftermath of a cyclone. It advises residents to:


Vision shows the Pioneer river, at Mackay, is swollen with floodwater. The water is moving at speed and carrying debris. A major flood warning has been issued for the river.
Mackay’s mayor, Greg Williamson, said flooding was occurring on streets in the township of Mirani, on the upper reaches of the river.

Ferocious rapids for our famous 'blue' Pioneer River in after


Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the road. Flash flooding is occurring at numerous sites along the coast, including Proserpine and the outskirts of Bowen and Mackay. Major flooding is taking place along the Connors, Isaac and Pioneer rivers.

Heavy rain & flash flooding expected across parts of QLD due to . Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.

resources from on the outskirts of on way to assist in recovery. As can be seen dangerous road conditions .Take care

Roads now completely cut of due to flooding just outside Mackay

Road crew clearing tree from bridge on Bruce Highway north of Bowen


Emergency relief supplies are being loaded on to the Royal Australian navy’s HMAS Choules at the Port of Brisbane. The ship will deliver emergency stores, engineering and other specialist equipment to the impact zones in north Queensland. Two other ships, HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, were unable to assist owing to engine problems.

Roads in Mackay are already showing visible signs of damage - don't drive unless you get the all clear from authorities


The heaviest rainfall in the past 24 hours was experienced at the Clarke Range, west of Mackay. There, 646mm fell between 9am Tuesday and 9am Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning heavy rainfall will continue across the region as the tropical low moves south.

High rainfall totals 24hrs to 9am from . Highest 646mm at Clarke Range w of , many >200mm. Info

Heavy rain + wind from ex continue today, shifting south through tomorrow with heavy falls. Forecasts


The force of Cyclone Debbie pushed this yacht up on to the bank at Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach.


The popular tourist spot Hamilton Island experienced some of the worst of Cyclone Debbie. Wind gusts reached more than 260km/h. Thankfully, there are still no reports of injuries from the island. Emergency response teams are working to restore power and water.
Tourists who had planned holidays to Hamilton are being told to stay away for the time being.

We are advising people to stay away from the island at the moment. Please contact your travel provider to discuss your booking.


Malcolm Turnbull visited the crisis centre today and praised emergency services and the military for their efforts so far. He urged the private sector, banks, and insurance companies to pull together to support residents.
“Nature has flung her worst at the people of north Queensland and it’s now our job to make sure that every agency pulls together,” the prime minister said.


More welcome news. The two men whose ship ran aground near Whitsunday Island have now been rescued. They are safe and well, police say.
“A police rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was deployed and whilst alongside the stricken vessel, the men aboard were able to lower themselves down into the RHIB,” Queensland police said in a statement.

2 men stranded after their boat ran aground near Whitsunday Is have been rescued by police.


More images are emerging from Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach. Yachts moored in the harbour have been smashed into rocks or sunk, and a local motel has been destroyed.


Just another quick word on the power outages. We know 63,000 homes are without power. But the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has warned that the power losses may continue for as long as a week. About 820 electricity workers are being deployed to try to restore power.
The state’s energy minister, Mark Bailey, said the workers had been pre-deployed to the north, south and inside the impact zone.


Some residents feared looters might attempt to take advantage of the cyclone’s aftermath. Police are deploying to affected communities and say they’re well prepared for looting.
Some shop owners have decided to send their own message to would-be looters.

warning to anyone thinking of looting in


We showed you some images earlier of yachts that Cyclone Debbie had tossed around on Tuesday near Airlie Beach. An SBS reporter, Stefan Armbruster, has just posted this footage of the scene to Twitter. The winds are clearly still strong around the Whitsundays.

At least three yachts washed ashore in after

Bar and backpackers smashed by in

Carnage at Downunder backpacker bar as the rain returns in after

Before and after at the lagoon post


In welcome news, Queensland police say they still have no reports of injuries in the most severely affected areas of Bowen and the Whitsundays.

UPDATE The most severely affected area are around Bowen and the Whitsundays we have no reports of injuries


The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting the tropical low to move to south-east Queensland. It is warning that 150mm to 250mm of rain is forecast today, leaving a vast area of the state vulnerable to flooding. Rainfall will intensify to Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
A flood watch now covers a region between Ayr and the New South Wales border, stretching inland to the Queensland’s central highlands and the Darling Downs. Flash flooding has already forced two swift water rescues this morning, one at Proserpine, and another near Mackay. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, urged people to stay off the roads, both to avoid flash flooding, and free up space for the army and emergency services.

Queensland Premier updates the media on the aftermath of .


Palaszczuk said 63,000 homes were still without power. Almost half of Mackay homes were without power. There was 75% power loss in Sarina, and homes were without power in Moranbah, Proserpine, Bowen and Airlie Beach.
Isolated communities across the coast were without phone service, she said.

"Residents on the Whitsunday coast: please stay off the road," . Army reconnaissance to start at 9am AEST


The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is speaking at a media conference now.
“My main message today for residents on the Whitsunday coast is, please, stay off the roads,” she says. “We need you to stay off the roads because at 9 o’clock this morning, the ADF will be doing [reconnaissance], they will be looking at the structural damage which is happening on the Whitsunday coast, and we need to be able to get our emergency services personnel in as quickly as possible.”

Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urging people to stay off roads around Whitsunday coast


The Bruce Highway is blocked in a number of places, emergency services say. If you’re in the region, and need more detail on road closures, you can or a . Keep in mind that emergency services are still trying to work out exactly where the damage is, and which roads are blocked, so these lists may not be comprehensive.
A State Emergency Services assistant commissioner, Peter Jeffrey, says specialist teams have been deployed to quickly assess damage across the region. That data will then be fed back to authorities, who will prioritise recovery efforts.


The reporter James Reynolds has captured footage of heavy damage at Shute Harbour, south of Airlie Beach. The Shute Harbour motel had sustained serious structural damage. Shute Harbour’s boat terminal appears all but destroyed.

Boat terminal at Shute Harbour wrecked by

Heavy damage to motel near Shute Harbour after


Heavy rainfall is causing major flooding across the region. The Bureau of Meteorology’s James Taylor said the heaviest rainfall was about 940mm, recorded in a location north of the Pioneer river, which runs south-west of Mackay. The rainfall had caused major flooding of the river. Moderate flooding is also expected in other regions between Bowen and Mackay.
Taylor said waves in excess of eight metres were recorded on buoys off the north Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie caused a storm surge, he said, but the timing, at low tide, limited its scale.


The Mackay mayor, Greg Williamson, has given an update on the situation in the city. It’s still experiencing strong wind gusts and rainfall. Williamson has told Channel Seven there was “significant damage” in his area but no real reports of damaged homes at this stage.
“We’ve had a significant amount of structural damage, just mainly trees, rubbish, and debris,” he says.

The winds are still very sting in as the severe weather continues. Flooding is now a concern


Offers of help are beginning to flow in from interstate. NSW is deploying a contingent of emergency services to help in the clean-up, according to the premier, Gladys Berejiklian.
“Rapid damage assessment teams will be deployed to Queensland today at 10am at the request of the Queensland government,” she said.

ACT to provide cyclone help to QLD


More pictures are starting to come out of north Queensland now.


Nasa of Cyclone Debbie, captured just as the eye of the storm made landfall. The image was taken by the Nasa-Noaa Suomi NPP satellite at 1.42pm Queensland time.


I mentioned a little earlier that a baby girl had been delivered at a Whitsundays ambulance station as Debbie tore through the region. The Queensland health minister, Cameron Dick, has just posted a photo of the new mother and daughter. The baby, Billiana, was delivered by a grad paramedic.

Well done to grad paramedic Pam who safely delivered Billiana amid @ Cannonvale this am. All doing well

How good is this! Welcome to the world baby girl, QAS paramedics with mum, dad and bub .


Nasa has of the view of Cyclone Debbie from space overnight. The footage, recorded from International Space Station’s live stream, shows Debbie as it makes landfall early on Tuesday afternoon. Skip ahead to the two-minute mark.


The Whitsunday mayor, Andrew Willcox, has an update on the situation in Bowen. He is urging people to stay inside, warning that power lines are down all over the town. Willcox said residents should assume the lines are still live.
“We’ve managed to get here fatality-free, so we definitely don’t want any fatalities in the mop-up,” he said.

"looks like a war zone" after , says Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox, but they got through without any fatalities


And just as I published that last post, news emerges that police have found the two missing men. The pair are safe and on board their vessel, according to police. The difficulty now is getting to them.

: Qld Police have located two sailors caught up in and will send help as soon as possible. More:


Police are searching for two men whose boat ran aground on rocks near Whitsunday Island last night. An aerial search is under way for the pair but the effort is difficult in the aftermath of the cyclone. Water police from the Whitsundays and Townsville cannot join the search until conditions are safe.
Police say the men were able to email their family in New South Wales, who then alerted police. Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, said a lack of communications was complicating the search.

Police are coordinating a search for 2 men on board a vessel that ran aground on rocks near Whitsunday Is last night


Two heartwarming stories have emerged in Debbie’s wake. A woman gave birth to a girl in a Whitsundays ambulance station as Cyclone Debbie moved across the region. Flooding had cut off roads and prevented the woman from reaching the hospital.
“You know, out of all of this, to see a little miracle, I think brings a smile to a lot of faces and especially to all those people who have been working so hard overnight,” the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, told the ABC.

Wednesday's Townsville Bulletin front page.


More than 30,000 residents were evacuated from their homes as Cyclone Debbie headed toward the north Queensland coast. As they return home, authorities are expecting reports of damage and calls for SES help to increase significantly. The return of power to homes is also expected to lead to the number of requests for help increasing dramatically.
Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, said her staff had conducted a quick walkthrough of Proserpine late on Tuesday. The damage was extensive.


The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has given an update on what is known in the aftermath of Debbie. Authorities have been unable to get through to Hayman Island, in the Whitsundays.
All roads have been cut off around Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine, and will take some time to clear.

Minor flooding in .


Let’s recap the overnight events.

is now a tropical low, though the situation remains very hazardous. Severe Weather Warning:


As dawn breaks along the Queensland coast, the extent of damage and destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie is being revealed. Ex-Cyclone Debbie is continuing to pose a risk to residents, and authorities fear continuing rainfall and damaging winds will cause flooding and damage on Wednesday.
Follow our live coverage as authorities begin the mammoth clean-up effort and assess the extent of damage and injury caused by the storm. If it’s safe to do so, share your experience of Cyclone Debbie with us by sending photos or your story to christopher.knaus@guardian.co.uk.

www.theguardian.com: Thousands without power in south-east Queensland after Cyclone Debbie – as it happened

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South-east Queensland could get up to 500mm of rain by the end of today as the weather system spreads chaos into NSW


If the rain and flood damage isn’t bad enough for Queensland residents affected by the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, the spiders that follow will be an unwelcome addition.


Destructive winds are being recorded in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs with one gust recording 115km/h. Queensland Ambulance is warning people to stay out of stormwater and if you see anyone in it, tell them to get out!

Brisbane city streets very quiet tonight but plenty of buses still running, helping people get home


Warnings of heavy rain have been issued for Dayboro, north-west of Brisbane. The Queensland BoM says 60-85mm of rain has fallen in the past hour.

An area of heavy rain is moving south through Dayboro. 60 to 85 mm recorded in the last hour.


Widespread flooding in Lismore led to a flood evacuation order for the CBD and north and south of the city.

Reporter is LIVE from flood-stricken northern NSW.


It’s going to be a very long night for people in south-east Queensland and northern NSW with another three to six hours of heavy rainfall predicted.

.BOM_Qld says there is still another 3-6 hours of very heavy rainfall for Sunshine Coast through to northern NSW this evening


says more 52, 731 customers are without power in south-east Queensland. Of that, 33,000 are on the Sunshine Coast and more than 1,100 in Brisbane.


The Queensland government’s wave monitoring unit has recorded a wave of over eight meters at Mooloolaba on the state’s Sunshine Coast. The unit uses buoys to measure the height of passing waves which are then transmitted to nearby receiver stations.

A wave of over 8m has been recorded off Mooloolaba after the Sunshine Coast copped wind gusts over 100km/h


Up to 417mm of rain has fallen over the Tweed River valley in northern NSW in the past 24 hours, leading to significant rises in river levels in the area. The Bureau is forecasting further rainfall in the next 24 hours
Major flooding has happened at Murwillumbah and moderate flooding is predicted at Chinderah tonight with the high tide. Residents in the South Murwillumbah were ordered to evacuate the area earlier on Thursday.

BREAKING: residents near ordered to now, as rises twd major level.


Looks like someone forgot to give Channel 7’s Chris Reason the dress code for reporting.

Pick the odd man out in the !


The Bureau says that at 5pm ex-tropical cyclone Debbie was 100km west of Kingaroy, about two-and-a-half hours drive west of Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast.
The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over southeast Queensland during Thursday afternoon and evening. Ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie is then expected to move off the far southeast coast overnight.


One of the pictures of the day from Queensland was a bull shark washed up in Ayr, where Cylcone Debbie made landfall.

This is just the beginning... ️


The river has risen substantially at Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane as this commuter found out on the journey home.

Ipswich rd at oxley 5.40pm # NOTRAFFIC :)


These broadcasters are keeping their sense of humour: “The weather radar looks like a Smurf in a blender”. I’m guess that’s lots of blue.

The heaviest of the rainfall at the moment is about parts of the Wide Bay near Bundaberg and areas south of Brisbane.


I’m not sure the promise of free travel home is going to help anyone enjoy their journey out of the city tonight.

The sign at South Brisbane station tells the story.

. warns heavy falls still to come
Details:


Noosa council says the highest annual tide will occur at 11pm tonight, exacerbating the potential for flooding in coastal areas. It says up to 400mm of rain has fallen in hinterland areas, which it says increases the likelihood of flash flooding.


The BoM is advising residents on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to take precautions ahead of approaching “very dangerous thunderstorm activity”. It says to move cars away from trees; seek shelter (preferably indoors, never under trees); and to avoid using phones during thunderstorms.

Noosa feeling the after effects of right now, similar to Cat 2 Cyclone strength


The Bureau of Meteorology is reporting very dangerous thunderstorm activity on the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland. Their map (below) shows the storm moving from Noosa Heads south towards Moreton Bay.
The Bureau says the thunderstorms are forecast to affect Maroochydore, Caloundra and waters off Maroochydore by 5.40pm and waters off Bribie Island, northern Bribie Island and Beerwah by 6.10 pm. It says destructive winds are likely.

Very dangerous activity near the - Destructive winds possible with its progression south


Northern NSW is taking a hammering. The SES has issued an evacuation order for Tweed Heads South and Tweed Heads West. Tweed Heads has a population of 7,500 people. That adds to the orders for Lismore and which could affect thousands more people.

Flood Evacuation Order issued for Tweed Heads South and Tweed Heads West.
Time to leave is now.
Major flooding is forecast along the Tweed River at Murwillumbah late Thursday afternoon, with river levels predicted to be slightly higher than the 2001 and 2008 floods. Further rises are possible with rainfall forecast overnight tonight.
Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 to 48 hours which could produce further level rises. The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that the Tweed River will: Exceed 4.80 metres at the Murwillumbah gauge late Thursday afternoon, and may reach 5.30 metres late Thursday evening.


From NSW SES HQ within the last half-hour.

. expects flooding to get worse during the night. Updates on evacuation order for 6,000 residents at Lismore Debbie


The communities hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie are starting to feel a little less isolated now road access has been restored via the Bruce Highway from the north and army trucks and Ergon Energy crews are out and about.
But for most there remains no power, and “the worst thing” as Bowen local Lawrie Brazil puts it, no town water.


NSW SES is reminding residents of that northern NSW region round Lismore to get out of the area. At this point, time is of the essence.

Lismore South & North, Lismore CBD, Chinderah, Kingscliff, Fingal Head and Bilambil. You must leave NOW. Evacuation Order is in place


Rising floodwaters also appear set to isolate some Gold Coast residents, as heavy rain continues to fall across the region.
has been issued for the Tallebudgera Valley, which is expected to be cut off as roads are inundated.

Emergency alert issued to residents

Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at


More on that evacuation order for northern NSW.

wow, is very big and very wet indeed.


Go you good thing.

On our stroll to look at damage we came across a little guy looking for some dry land too.


Daredevils jetskiing and body-boarding in flooded waterways in southeast Queensland have been warned they could divert authorities from important rescue missions.

Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at

Spare a thought for police, emergency workers and essential hospital staff who continue to remain on duty providing care Brisbane


Mark Bailey, state minister for road safety and minister for energy, has said many people in North Queensland are without power and services cannot be restored while roadways are flooded.
The says the places where most customers affected are in Logan City (2,215), Sunshine Coast (1,824), Noosa (1,093) and the Scenic Rim Regional (1,067) areas. Updates are expected later this evening.

1,395 customers without power in Brisbane City, Logan City area. Check website for updates


Now that #TCDebbie has passed #BigWet is trending on Twitter.

And this be in our pergola

These some more palm trees

Flooded walkways in Kedron Park, Nundah. Please only send through images and vids if it's safe to do so! Stay dry!

Kedron Brook River in is raging!

There's a lot of good Darwin Award nominees today.


Sad news. “Debbie the cyclone cockatoo”, pulled from the floodwaters, has died.

Such sad news from QLD that Debbie the cockatoo has died. She represented so many animals injured by the cyclone

Debbie the cyclone cockatoo died the world is a terrible place


NSW Emergency Services has issued a flood evacuation warning for parts of the state’s far north coast as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie makes her way down from Queensland.
Mark Morrow, the acting deputy commissioner of NSW SES, told ABC News 24 the crucial areas were Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Condon in the region of the Tweed River. Downstream, Chinderah, Bilambil and Fingal Head were also on the SES radar.


Queensland Fire & Emergency has shared this striking imagery of a bull shark that found itself too far inland in floodwaters.

Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater.


Senior Bom forecaster James Taylor has seen fire and he’s seen rain, and a lot of the latter today. He just gave an update on ABC News 24.
The former cyclone has met with a cold front moving through north-eastern New South Wales, which is drawing in drier air in its north-west. But in the east and south, moisture from the Coral Sea is creating heavy rainfall over the Great Dividing Range and coastal regions.


Swift water rescue teams have pulled over 40 people from floodwaters today, with most either stranded in cars following flash floods across Brisbane, or on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
More details have come through of the rescue of the family trapped by floodwaters in their home at Tanawah, including four children aged from 11 months to nine years old.


My colleague Nick Evershed has put the former Cyclone Debbie into context, of the former cyclone with other weather events, like a light Melbourne drizzle to the torrential downpours caused by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.


Afternoon, all – I’m taking over the live blog from Christopher, who reported half an hour ago that all the schools in south-east Queensland that were closed today would remain so tomorrow.
The state’s Department of Education and Training has put out a statement expanding on those closures, “strongly urging parents to check local weather conditions and road access, and put their safety — and that of their children — above all else”.


Here’s some more vision of the situation on the Gold Coast, where major flooding has cut off roads and submerged cars. These cars are stuck in floodwaters just outside the Robina hospital.


A thunderstorm is about to bring destructive winds to the Gympie Council Area. The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning, and say damaging winds will hit Kilkivan by 2.35 pm (local time) and Kilkivan, Bauple and Mount Kanighan by 3.05 pm.


Tourists who were trapped on Daydream Island are now in Airlie Beach, where they’ve again found themselves stuck with no accommodation and no information.
One of the evacuees, Hermione Gardiner, told my colleague, Helen Davidson, that they were being given very little assistance. It sounds pretty grim for the group.

Holiday makers arrive back from islands in the Whitsundays only to find they're now stuck in Airlie Beach.


Schools in storm-ravaged south-east Queensland will remain closed on Friday.
The government announced this morning that all public, private, and independent schools would close on Thursday to limit movement and prevent injuries during Thursday’s dangerous weather.

UPDATE All schools that were closed today will remain closed tomorrow


Residents outside the Queensland town of Biloela are being urged to consider relocating as authorities issue an emergency alert for water levels at the Callide and Kroombit Dams.
Police said preparations to leave should be made immediately and residents in areas at risk are being told to head to the Biloela civic centre.


The Bureau of Meteorology says parts of Brisbane have recorded 200mm in two hours. Parts of the Gold Coast have seen 380mm.

Alpha Street, Taringa. Live coverage on now.

Can't get onto the highway from my house as access closed. This Gold Coast weather is unbelievable at the moment. Definitely staying indoors

Dam overflowing in central Queensland after heavy falls last night and this morning from . Number 7 Dam at Mount Morgan

Langlands St, East Brisbane: cars underwater, houses flooding underneath


Malcolm Turnbull has arrived back in Canberra after his visit to cyclone-affected areas on the north Queensland coast. Turnbull spoke of Cyclone Debbie in question time, praising emergency services and the military, which he said had the largest pre-deployment for a natural disaster in its history.
Turnbull said his visit had reinforced the importance of cyclone-resistant structures.


South-east Queensland could experience rainfall of 400mm in 24 hours. The rainfall is set to intensify throughout the afternoon and into Thursday night.
Queensland Police commissioner, Ian Stewart, was wary of predicting rainfall in any single area.


Some good news from the Sunshine Coast. We mentioned earlier a family was trapped in their home by floodwaters at Tanawha. They have now been rescued, and have been taken to dry land on an inflatable raft.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Family rescued from flooded home. Inflatable raft making its way to dry land now.


Parts of Murwillumbah, in northern NSW, are now flooded. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, destructive winds, abnormally high tides, and damaging surf across the Northern Rivers region, and parts of the parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast districts.

Storm force winds are likely to develop over coastal waters off the southern Queensland coast on Friday. Check


Guests stranded at the Daydream Island resort are expected to be evacuated via ferry to Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie by 2pm local time. Hamilton Island airport is already struggling to accommodate thousands of guests wanting to get off the island, and is warning that not everyone will be able to leave today.

2 vessels evacuating all guests to either Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie. Should be completed by 2pm today


The heaviest of the rainfall is currently taking place in parts of Wide Bay, near Bundaberg, and areas south of Brisbane, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Gold Coast so far.

Even the cows are seeking higher ground to try to stay out of the rain on the Gold Coast


Energy minister, Mark Bailey, has posted pictures of destroyed electricity towers across north Queensland. Ergon Energy is working to restore power to more than 60,000 homes in the region, but warns it will take time, and priority will be given to critical infrastructure like hospitals, sewage plants, and supermarkets.

10 NQ electricity towers folded like cardboard in Pics just in from chopper doing damage assessments


More images are emerging of the trail of destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday region. Here Helen Muller of Proserpine sits in the ruins of her double garage, which was built by her father.


A rescue operation is under way at Tanawha, on the Sunshine Coast, where two adults and four children are trapped in a flooded home. We’ll bring you more on that as soon as it comes to hand.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Swiftwater rescuers on scene where 2 adults & 4 kids are trapped in flooded home. Rescue underway.


Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, has spoken about the rescue of dozens of people trapped by floodwaters in towns around Mackay.
“I was just briefed some 30 minutes ago that the rescue is completed for both Eton as well as Homebush,” she told the ABC. “We had about 20 to 30 people at Eton and 40 at Homebush.


The Nerang river on the Gold Coast is flooded. The major M1 highway remains flooded at Mudgeeraba. The Gold Coast Bulletin has put .

Nerang River, Sorrento. Gold Coast.


The RACQ has already received 252 insurance claims after Cyclone Debbie.
The Insurance Council of Australia declared Debbie a catastrophe on Tuesday. The damage bill is expected to be significant. It was the worst cyclone to hit the region since Yasi in 2011. That cyclone resulted in $1.4bn in insurance claims.

We've had 252 cyclone, flood & storm claims this wk. Visit if you need to to make a claim.


AAP is reporting waits of up to an hour for sandbags at some Brisbane SES depots.
The waits are occurring despite thousands being pre-prepared. The city’s lord mayor, Graham Quirk, said the council had arranged for 500 tonnes of sand to be turned into 40,000 sandbags this week and crews are now adding to that at a rate of 4,000 an hour. The lord mayor arrived at Brisbane’s Newmarket SES depot to a line of cars waiting up to an hour for sandbags, as parts of the city experience flash flooding.


Motorists appear to be ignoring the warnings of authorities to stay off the roads. Vision shows cars driving through floodwaters in Milton, on the northern banks of the Brisbane river.

BMW gets stuck in floodwaters in Milton. Video: Lachie Bishop-West. Live coverage on now.

Beck street in Paddington flooded.


The State Emergency Service has received more than 430 calls for help in south-east Queensland, mostly for sandbagging.
Police are receiving calls about localised flooding across the city.

Police receiving numerous calls about localised flooding. Remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT. fo


Major flooding is now expected for NSW’s northern rivers, including the Tweed. The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its flood warning for the region.

Flood Warning updated for the Tweed River. Major flooding expected at Murwillumbah today.


We mentioned earlier that people were trapped by floodwaters at Eton, near Mackay. Emergency services say they have now evacuated more than 80 people from Eton. That includes 12 people who were taken by helicopter to Walkerston, to the north-east.

> 80 evacuations from Eton: 46 moved to higher ground yesterday; 12 choppered to Walkerstone today @ 10am. Stay away from flooded areas.


The Gold Coast is experiencing major flooding. These cars are almost fully submerged outside Robina hospital.


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the worst is yet to come for south-east Queensland. The meteorologist James Taylor said Brisbane was now seeing 35mm to 45mm of rainfall an hour, with some areas experiencing more than 50mm. He said flash flooding was a real concern in the city. Heavy rain overnight meant the run-off from this morning’s rain would be “extremely quick”.
The remnants of Cyclone Debbie are still moving towards the state’s south-east and are starting to interact with a cold front moving north.


Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek is flooding. The creek flows from the west into the city, past the Enoggera army base, Ballymore stadium, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital, before joining the Brisbane river.

Breakfast Creek in Newmarket has had enough.


This rainfall map for Brisbane (yes, it’s in there somewhere) gives an idea of just what the city is going through right now.


There’s an update from tourist Hermione Gardiner, who is stuck on Daydream Island. She told my colleague Helen Davidson that the navy had arrived.
“Navy is here, getting us off soon. I think we’re being shipped to Airlie Beach but no news what will happen when we get there … roads to Proserpine airport closed,” Gardiner said.

Airlie Beach catering service has opened its door to anyone wanting a free feed. Amazing spirit on display.


Some pretty scary rainfall figures coming out of Brisbane. In Aspley, a suburb in the city’s north, 122mm fell in three hours. In nearby Alderley, 130mm fell over the same time. A severe thunderstorm warning was .

Very dangerous situation unfolding in the region severe warning for heavy

Severe storm warning for HEAVY RAIN. 122mm in 3 hrs at Aspley. 130mm in 3 hrs at Alderley. STAY OFF THE ROADS


Thousands of stranded tourists will be evacuated from Hamilton Island as conditions ease, and Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar resume flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. But Hamilton Island authorities are warning passengers that flights are already near capacity, and that the loss of power and communications is forcing airlines to conduct manual check-ins. That means each check-in will take about 25 minutes.
“As such, we are anticipating long waits for guests and apologise in advance for this inconvenience,” the authorities said.

UPDATE (11am QLD time): We thank you for your continued patience please see the latest flight update attached for


Rockhampton regional council has updated its list of road closures. You can .


AAP has compiled this list of closures as a result of the weather in south-east Queensland:


Streets in Brisbane are already flooding. A full list of closures is .

Munro Street at St Lucia opposite flooded

Person looks on as car submerged in flood water. Heroes Avenue, Toowong.

Quick run down to the end of road to check on ... It's raging!


The Gold Coast airport is cancelling all Tigerair flights. Virgin flights are cancelled from midday local time.

⚠️️ All Tigerair services have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Virgin Australia services have been cancelled from 12pm AEST.

‼Airport Update ‼We are open however we are experiencing some delays due to ☔. Best to check with your airline for latest info!


Roads across a vast region of the state have either been cut off, damaged or flooded. Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the roads. Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads but it may not be exhaustive.
The Marlborough-Sarina Road, which runs south of Mackay, has collapsed in the heavy rains.

Section of Old Maryborough-Sarina Road collapsed after heavy rain. Photos by Theresa Allgood:


Emergency services are reminding parents to keep their kids away from flooded creeks and drains after the closure of all schools between Agnes Water and NSW.
The closures include independent and private schools. Businesses have also been urged to close after midday.

With schools closed across Qld, parents keep kids inside & away from flooded creeks/drains: ​


We mentioned earlier that Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten had visited cyclone-ravaged areas in north Queensland. They’ve declared themselves on a “unity ticket” in support of the region. These photos of their trip along the north Queensland coast have just come in.


An ABC reporter, Megan Hendry, has just tweeted this picture of a snake on the flooded Bruce Highway, at Bajool, south of Rockhampton.

Snakes on a highway. Wildlife escaping the floodwaters across the Bruce at Bajool


Satellite imagery gives a good idea of the tropical low’s movement towards south-east Queensland.
The images come from the Himawari series of weather satellites, operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.


Organisers of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast have suspended competition until further notice because of Queensland’s wild weather.
Beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast have been closed.

: All beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast, including South Bank Lagoon. Stay out of the water!


Hermione Gardiner is on Daydream Island, which has been hit hard by the cyclone. It’s expected evacuations will begin today. Last night Gardiner described the situation.
Daydream is pretty ruined, not sure they’ll be having guests here for a while! We are getting very sparse updates so we don’t really know what is going on.
Since the cyclone passed drinking water is on rations (one bottle at a time), power is out in most areas of the hotel, as is running water so no toilets showers for the most part.


The first evacuation flights are reportedly leaving Hamilton Island today, and the ADF is also expected to get to Daydream, where hundreds of people are stranded.

HMAS Choules has left Brisbane after loading stores to support communities affected by


Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have arrived in north Queensland to inspect the cyclone-affected area. They’ve said they are on a “unity ticket”.
“This is an example of nature flinging her worst at Australians,” Turnbull said.


Authorities are trying to rescue about 50 people trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, says rescue efforts are under way to reach 11 people near Eton, in the Pioneer Valley, south-west of the city.


It’s “good news” that Queensland has just had a long, hot, dry summer, because the dams are not too full as these floods hit, according to the Queensland minister Mark Bailey.
Northpine dam was about 58% capacity, and Wivenhoe at 68%. “This is not comparable to the 2011 situation, let’s be clear about this,” Bailey said.


This is the latest round-up of flood warnings for Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers.

Initial flood warning for the Bremer River and Lockyer, Laidley and Warill creeks


“One of the things that concerns me about this system, is it is very much in the south-east an intensifying system … winds are going to pick up” said Queensland’s police commissioner, Ian Stewart.
“This is a very large system and it’s starting to move quite quickly.”


Good morning, this is Helen Davidson here to continue our coverage of the aftermath of cyclone Debbie and the heavy rains and flooding now affecting large parts of Queensland.
All schools in south-east Queensland – more than 600 – are closed today as the weather continues to deteriorate in the area.

www.theguardian.com: Police search for owners of cars found in floodwaters after Cyclone Debbie – as it happened

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Australian authorities assess damage from the category-four cyclone that hit coast between Airlie Beach and Mackay on Tuesday. Follow all the updates here


We’ll be winding up this blog now but stay tuned to the Guardian homepage for updates.
The extent of the damage caused by ex- is becoming clearer, but some places are still cut off from emergency services and communication. Debbie is now a tropical low heading towards central and south-east Queensland, and has brought dangerous flash floods.


There have been some rescues from the tops of cars caught in floodwaters, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Mark Roche has told the ABC.
Emergency crews work are now working to rescue three people stranded on the roof of another car submerged in floodwater on Rifle Range Road in Sarina, and a search is under way for the owners and possible passengers of two vehicles found submerged in the Whitsunday region.


From AAP:
Damage to properties with asbestos could leave Bowen residents homeless in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.


Flooding remains a threat for much of the region.

Flood Watch: Widespread river level rises above minor expected. Major flooding is likely ex

Lots of roads closed due to related flooding. pic shows Townsville to Hervey Bay. Red pins = closures

Sandbagging stations are being established across Redlands. Enclosed shoes must be worn. Locations:


Queensland’s deputy premier, Jackie Trad, has told Channel Nine the tropical low will be hitting south-east Queensland in the next 24 to 48 hours.
She said island communities – Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream – were all isolated with no communication. Police have made it to Hamilton to assist the 4,000 or so people wanting to get out.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad with the latest information out of Emergency Services Headquarters.


From Australian Associated Press:
Queensland police are searching for the owners and possible passengers of two vehicles found submerged in floodwaters in the cyclone-hit Whitsunday region.
At least one of the cars went under on the Bruce Highway near Proserpine and was found with its windows down on Wednesday.
The police commissioner, Ian Stewart, said officers were retracing the steps of those who owned the vehicles to find out if they were safe.


The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is on the ground in Bowen, where she just told media that roofs, fences, trees and power lines are down, but the SES is on the ground and people are already cleaning up.
“We’re going down to Proserpine next, where we expect there to be some more widespread damage,” she said. “It would have been horrific, and thankfully there has been no loss of life.”


“It is still too soon to know just how severe the impacts of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie are – this will take some days, or even weeks,” says Richard Thornton, chief executive of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.
We cannot prevent cyclones such as Debbie, but what Australia can do as a country is improve our mitigation across all natural hazards. But what we do know is that the cost of the response, and importantly, recovery, will be high, and not just in monetary terms.
We need to focus on better building and rebuilding of homes, and ensuring that existing houses have simple and cost-effective mitigation measures.
We have no national coastal strategy despite over 25 national inquires/reports recommending that we do.
We have no plan to minimise the impacts of extreme events and climate change on coastal communities despite a comprehensive parliamentary inquiry recommending that we do.


On Cyclone Debbie’s implications for the Great Barrier Reef, the coral scientist Terry Hughes has pointed out there is no silver lining.
There are concerns that a roughly 100km stretch of the reef will have been damaged in Debbie’s wake.


Despite warnings from police and other authorities, there have been instances of looting, .
It reports a Whitsunday restaurant, Banjo’s, was unscathed by the cyclone but looters allegedly broke in and stole thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, cash and a safe. They also allegedly destroyed security cameras. The chef, Damien Rogers, said he had made the discovery about 6am this morning.


Detail has been scant about Collinsville, the inland mining town struck by its first category-two cyclone last night, given that the town has been cut off by floods and phone and power outages.
But Mike Brunker, the Whitsunday regional councillor who is originally from the town, said Debbie would have come as a shock and he had been told of widespread roof damage.


This is Helen Davidson here, taking over from Christopher Knaus for the afternoon.
Teams from James Cook University are preparing to go into affected areas to begin assessing how buildings held up during the cyclone.


The extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie is becoming clearer today, although authorities warn they still have not contacted some of the region’s cut-off communities. Here’s what we know so far:


An Airlie Beach resident, Juliane Kasiske, has spoken to the ABC about her lucky escape from Cyclone Debbie.
She was sheltering in her bedroom but was forced to flee to her neighbour’s home as the winds worsened.

Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine cut off; BOM says winds still strong


The State Emergency Service has now received more than 1,000 requests for help, according to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Mark Roche.
It is thought that no one was killed by the cyclone. Roche puts that down to preparedness and the community’s willingness to heed the advice of emergency services.

. says focus is to ascertain level of damage from . Adds there have been reports of people stranded in flooded cars


The Bruce Highway is flooded 10km north of Bowen.

FLOOD WARNING - Bruce Hwy blocked at Sandy Gully 10kms north of Bowen. Remember, if it's flooded - FORGET IT


Floodwaters are continuing to cut off roads and threaten communities. Mackay is of particular concern. The Bureau of Meteorology’s hydration manager, Victoria Dodds, said the Pioneer basin, which drains down to Mackay, has had 1,000mm of rain in 48 hours.
“To put that in context, we would normally expect to see 1,500mm to 2,000mm over a year,” Dodds said. “So huge rainfall totals recorded in that Mackay-Pioneer basin.”


Readings from Bureau of Meteorology monitoring sites show the wind gust speed peaked at 263km/h at Hamilton Island, with lower speeds recorded at other areas in the region.


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning rainfall of 100mm an hour is being recorded in Mackay. A separate severe storm warning has been issued for the region.

Separate severe warning for area for very heavy rainfall leading to flash . Rainfall has reached 100mm per hour


The two fishermen whose ship ran aground off Whitsunday Island, Brian Burton and Sean Short, have spoken about their ordeal. The two men were forced to ride out the cyclone while stuck in their ship.
Burton said they had anchored and were ready for the cyclone but were not expecting it to make landfall so close.

2 men stranded after their boat ran aground near Whitsunday Is have been rescued by police.


Heavy rainfall is continuing to cause extensive flash flooding around Mackay. Police are urging motorists to stay off the road.

Very heavy rain is impacting the Mackay area and it's causing extensive flash flooding. Residents are asked to stay off the roads.

ATTENTION CENTRAL COAST RESIDENTS inc. MACKAY & WHITSUNDAYS. There is a SEVERE WEATHER WARNING in place with FLASH FLOODING likely

Heavy rain, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding predicted for the next SEVERAL HOURS. Please delay all non-essential travel, stay indoors


Ex-Cyclone Debbie is thought to have caused significant damage to the region’s sugar cane and other crops. The extent of damage is still unclear, and authorities are having difficulty contacting farmers in isolated areas. But from the pictures that are starting to emerge, it’s safe to say that farmers are facing some pretty tough times.


The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s reef recovery director, Dr David Wachenfeld, is concerned about the cyclone’s impact. that Cyclone Debbie was likely to have damaged reefs in its path, as Cyclone Yasi did in 2011.
“The primary concern will be the immediate physical damage in that central part of the storm with high wind speeds,” Wachenfeld said. “It’s had lots of time for the wave energy to be built up by the winds and for that wave energy to hit the tops of the reefs.”


Ergon Energy’s communications director, John Fowler, has urged those with solar systems to turn them off.
“They should have turned them off before the storm, they need to turn them off at the switchboard and the inverter,” Fowler told the ABC.


Flooding has now cut off the Bruce Highway near the banks of the Burdekin river. The road is closed to all traffic at Home Hill, near Ayr.

now cut at First Street, Home Hill, due to flooding. Latest road closures:


Cars are negotiating fallen trees and debris on the road between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Authorities are urging residents to keep off the roads.


Queensland Health for staying healthy in the aftermath of a cyclone. It advises residents to:


Vision shows the Pioneer river, at Mackay, is swollen with floodwater. The water is moving at speed and carrying debris. A major flood warning has been issued for the river.
Mackay’s mayor, Greg Williamson, said flooding was occurring on streets in the township of Mirani, on the upper reaches of the river.

Ferocious rapids for our famous 'blue' Pioneer River in after


Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the road. Flash flooding is occurring at numerous sites along the coast, including Proserpine and the outskirts of Bowen and Mackay. Major flooding is taking place along the Connors, Isaac and Pioneer rivers.

Heavy rain & flash flooding expected across parts of QLD due to . Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.

resources from on the outskirts of on way to assist in recovery. As can be seen dangerous road conditions .Take care

Roads now completely cut of due to flooding just outside Mackay

Road crew clearing tree from bridge on Bruce Highway north of Bowen


Emergency relief supplies are being loaded on to the Royal Australian navy’s HMAS Choules at the Port of Brisbane. The ship will deliver emergency stores, engineering and other specialist equipment to the impact zones in north Queensland. Two other ships, HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, were unable to assist owing to engine problems.

Roads in Mackay are already showing visible signs of damage - don't drive unless you get the all clear from authorities


The heaviest rainfall in the past 24 hours was experienced at the Clarke Range, west of Mackay. There, 646mm fell between 9am Tuesday and 9am Wednesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning heavy rainfall will continue across the region as the tropical low moves south.

High rainfall totals 24hrs to 9am from . Highest 646mm at Clarke Range w of , many >200mm. Info

Heavy rain + wind from ex continue today, shifting south through tomorrow with heavy falls. Forecasts


The force of Cyclone Debbie pushed this yacht up on to the bank at Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach.


The popular tourist spot Hamilton Island experienced some of the worst of Cyclone Debbie. Wind gusts reached more than 260km/h. Thankfully, there are still no reports of injuries from the island. Emergency response teams are working to restore power and water.
Tourists who had planned holidays to Hamilton are being told to stay away for the time being.

We are advising people to stay away from the island at the moment. Please contact your travel provider to discuss your booking.


Malcolm Turnbull visited the crisis centre today and praised emergency services and the military for their efforts so far. He urged the private sector, banks, and insurance companies to pull together to support residents.
“Nature has flung her worst at the people of north Queensland and it’s now our job to make sure that every agency pulls together,” the prime minister said.


More welcome news. The two men whose ship ran aground near Whitsunday Island have now been rescued. They are safe and well, police say.
“A police rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was deployed and whilst alongside the stricken vessel, the men aboard were able to lower themselves down into the RHIB,” Queensland police said in a statement.

2 men stranded after their boat ran aground near Whitsunday Is have been rescued by police.


More images are emerging from Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach. Yachts moored in the harbour have been smashed into rocks or sunk, and a local motel has been destroyed.


Just another quick word on the power outages. We know 63,000 homes are without power. But the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has warned that the power losses may continue for as long as a week. About 820 electricity workers are being deployed to try to restore power.
The state’s energy minister, Mark Bailey, said the workers had been pre-deployed to the north, south and inside the impact zone.


Some residents feared looters might attempt to take advantage of the cyclone’s aftermath. Police are deploying to affected communities and say they’re well prepared for looting.
Some shop owners have decided to send their own message to would-be looters.

warning to anyone thinking of looting in


We showed you some images earlier of yachts that Cyclone Debbie had tossed around on Tuesday near Airlie Beach. An SBS reporter, Stefan Armbruster, has just posted this footage of the scene to Twitter. The winds are clearly still strong around the Whitsundays.

At least three yachts washed ashore in after

Bar and backpackers smashed by in

Carnage at Downunder backpacker bar as the rain returns in after

Before and after at the lagoon post


In welcome news, Queensland police say they still have no reports of injuries in the most severely affected areas of Bowen and the Whitsundays.

UPDATE The most severely affected area are around Bowen and the Whitsundays we have no reports of injuries


The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting the tropical low to move to south-east Queensland. It is warning that 150mm to 250mm of rain is forecast today, leaving a vast area of the state vulnerable to flooding. Rainfall will intensify to Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
A flood watch now covers a region between Ayr and the New South Wales border, stretching inland to the Queensland’s central highlands and the Darling Downs. Flash flooding has already forced two swift water rescues this morning, one at Proserpine, and another near Mackay. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, urged people to stay off the roads, both to avoid flash flooding, and free up space for the army and emergency services.

Queensland Premier updates the media on the aftermath of .


Palaszczuk said 63,000 homes were still without power. Almost half of Mackay homes were without power. There was 75% power loss in Sarina, and homes were without power in Moranbah, Proserpine, Bowen and Airlie Beach.
Isolated communities across the coast were without phone service, she said.

"Residents on the Whitsunday coast: please stay off the road," . Army reconnaissance to start at 9am AEST


The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, is speaking at a media conference now.
“My main message today for residents on the Whitsunday coast is, please, stay off the roads,” she says. “We need you to stay off the roads because at 9 o’clock this morning, the ADF will be doing [reconnaissance], they will be looking at the structural damage which is happening on the Whitsunday coast, and we need to be able to get our emergency services personnel in as quickly as possible.”

Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urging people to stay off roads around Whitsunday coast


The Bruce Highway is blocked in a number of places, emergency services say. If you’re in the region, and need more detail on road closures, you can or a . Keep in mind that emergency services are still trying to work out exactly where the damage is, and which roads are blocked, so these lists may not be comprehensive.
A State Emergency Services assistant commissioner, Peter Jeffrey, says specialist teams have been deployed to quickly assess damage across the region. That data will then be fed back to authorities, who will prioritise recovery efforts.


The reporter James Reynolds has captured footage of heavy damage at Shute Harbour, south of Airlie Beach. The Shute Harbour motel had sustained serious structural damage. Shute Harbour’s boat terminal appears all but destroyed.

Boat terminal at Shute Harbour wrecked by

Heavy damage to motel near Shute Harbour after


Heavy rainfall is causing major flooding across the region. The Bureau of Meteorology’s James Taylor said the heaviest rainfall was about 940mm, recorded in a location north of the Pioneer river, which runs south-west of Mackay. The rainfall had caused major flooding of the river. Moderate flooding is also expected in other regions between Bowen and Mackay.
Taylor said waves in excess of eight metres were recorded on buoys off the north Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie caused a storm surge, he said, but the timing, at low tide, limited its scale.


The Mackay mayor, Greg Williamson, has given an update on the situation in the city. It’s still experiencing strong wind gusts and rainfall. Williamson has told Channel Seven there was “significant damage” in his area but no real reports of damaged homes at this stage.
“We’ve had a significant amount of structural damage, just mainly trees, rubbish, and debris,” he says.

The winds are still very sting in as the severe weather continues. Flooding is now a concern


Offers of help are beginning to flow in from interstate. NSW is deploying a contingent of emergency services to help in the clean-up, according to the premier, Gladys Berejiklian.
“Rapid damage assessment teams will be deployed to Queensland today at 10am at the request of the Queensland government,” she said.

ACT to provide cyclone help to QLD


More pictures are starting to come out of north Queensland now.


Nasa of Cyclone Debbie, captured just as the eye of the storm made landfall. The image was taken by the Nasa-Noaa Suomi NPP satellite at 1.42pm Queensland time.


I mentioned a little earlier that a baby girl had been delivered at a Whitsundays ambulance station as Debbie tore through the region. The Queensland health minister, Cameron Dick, has just posted a photo of the new mother and daughter. The baby, Billiana, was delivered by a grad paramedic.

Well done to grad paramedic Pam who safely delivered Billiana amid @ Cannonvale this am. All doing well

How good is this! Welcome to the world baby girl, QAS paramedics with mum, dad and bub .


Nasa has of the view of Cyclone Debbie from space overnight. The footage, recorded from International Space Station’s live stream, shows Debbie as it makes landfall early on Tuesday afternoon. Skip ahead to the two-minute mark.


The Whitsunday mayor, Andrew Willcox, has an update on the situation in Bowen. He is urging people to stay inside, warning that power lines are down all over the town. Willcox said residents should assume the lines are still live.
“We’ve managed to get here fatality-free, so we definitely don’t want any fatalities in the mop-up,” he said.

"looks like a war zone" after , says Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox, but they got through without any fatalities


And just as I published that last post, news emerges that police have found the two missing men. The pair are safe and on board their vessel, according to police. The difficulty now is getting to them.

: Qld Police have located two sailors caught up in and will send help as soon as possible. More:


Police are searching for two men whose boat ran aground on rocks near Whitsunday Island last night. An aerial search is under way for the pair but the effort is difficult in the aftermath of the cyclone. Water police from the Whitsundays and Townsville cannot join the search until conditions are safe.
Police say the men were able to email their family in New South Wales, who then alerted police. Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, said a lack of communications was complicating the search.

Police are coordinating a search for 2 men on board a vessel that ran aground on rocks near Whitsunday Is last night


Two heartwarming stories have emerged in Debbie’s wake. A woman gave birth to a girl in a Whitsundays ambulance station as Cyclone Debbie moved across the region. Flooding had cut off roads and prevented the woman from reaching the hospital.
“You know, out of all of this, to see a little miracle, I think brings a smile to a lot of faces and especially to all those people who have been working so hard overnight,” the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, told the ABC.

Wednesday's Townsville Bulletin front page.


More than 30,000 residents were evacuated from their homes as Cyclone Debbie headed toward the north Queensland coast. As they return home, authorities are expecting reports of damage and calls for SES help to increase significantly. The return of power to homes is also expected to lead to the number of requests for help increasing dramatically.
Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, said her staff had conducted a quick walkthrough of Proserpine late on Tuesday. The damage was extensive.


The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has given an update on what is known in the aftermath of Debbie. Authorities have been unable to get through to Hayman Island, in the Whitsundays.
All roads have been cut off around Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine, and will take some time to clear.

Minor flooding in .


Let’s recap the overnight events.

is now a tropical low, though the situation remains very hazardous. Severe Weather Warning:


As dawn breaks along the Queensland coast, the extent of damage and destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie is being revealed. Ex-Cyclone Debbie is continuing to pose a risk to residents, and authorities fear continuing rainfall and damaging winds will cause flooding and damage on Wednesday.
Follow our live coverage as authorities begin the mammoth clean-up effort and assess the extent of damage and injury caused by the storm. If it’s safe to do so, share your experience of Cyclone Debbie with us by sending photos or your story to christopher.knaus@guardian.co.uk.

www.theguardian.com: Ex-cyclone Debbie: thousands told to evacuate from Lismore – live

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South-east Queensland could get up to 500mm of rain by the end of today as the weather system spreads chaos into NSW. Follow all the updates live …


NSW SES is reminding residents of that northern NSW region round Lismore to get out of the area. At this point, time is of the essence.

Lismore South & North, Lismore CBD, Chinderah, Kingscliff, Fingal Head and Bilambil. You must leave NOW. Evacuation Order is in place


Rising floodwaters also appear set to isolate some Gold Coast residents, as heavy rain continues to fall across the region.
has been issued for the Tallebudgera Valley, which is expected to be cut off as roads are inundated.

Emergency alert issued to residents

Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at


More on that evacuation order for northern NSW.

wow, is very big and very wet indeed.


Go you good thing.

On our stroll to look at damage we came across a little guy looking for some dry land too.


Daredevils jetskiing and body-boarding in flooded waterways in southeast Queensland have been warned they could divert authorities from important rescue missions.

Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at

Spare a thought for police, emergency workers and essential hospital staff who continue to remain on duty providing care Brisbane


Mark Bailey, state minister for road safety and minister for energy, has said many people in North Queensland are without power and services cannot be restored while roadways are flooded.
The says the places where most customers affected are in Logan City (2,215), Sunshine Coast (1,824), Noosa (1,093) and the Scenic Rim Regional (1,067) areas. Updates are expected later this evening.

1,395 customers without power in Brisbane City, Logan City area. Check website for updates


Now that #TCDebbie has passed #BigWet is trending on Twitter.

And this be in our pergola

These some more palm trees

Flooded walkways in Kedron Park, Nundah. Please only send through images and vids if it's safe to do so! Stay dry!

Kedron Brook River in is raging!

There's a lot of good Darwin Award nominees today.


Sad news. “Debbie the cyclone cockatoo”, pulled from the floodwaters, has died.

Such sad news from QLD that Debbie the cockatoo has died. She represented so many animals injured by the cyclone

Debbie the cyclone cockatoo died the world is a terrible place


NSW Emergency Services has issued a flood evacuation warning for parts of the state’s far north coast as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie makes her way down from Queensland.
Mark Morrow, the acting deputy commissioner of NSW SES, told ABC News 24 the crucial areas were Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Condon in the region of the Tweed River. Downstream, Chinderah, Bilambil and Fingal Head were also on the SES radar.


Queensland Fire & Emergency has shared this striking imagery of a bull shark that found itself too far inland in floodwaters.

Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater.


Senior Bom forecaster James Taylor has seen fire and he’s seen rain, and a lot of the latter today. He just gave an update on ABC News 24.
The former cyclone has met with a cold front moving through north-eastern New South Wales, which is drawing in drier air in its north-west. But in the east and south, moisture from the Coral Sea is creating heavy rainfall over the Great Dividing Range and coastal regions.


Swift water rescue teams have pulled over 40 people from floodwaters today, with most either stranded in cars following flash floods across Brisbane, or on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
More details have come through of the rescue of the family trapped by floodwaters in their home at Tanawah, including four children aged from 11 months to nine years old.


My colleague Nick Evershed has put the former Cyclone Debbie into context, of the former cyclone with other weather events, like a light Melbourne drizzle to the torrential downpours caused by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.


Afternoon, all – I’m taking over the live blog from Christopher, who reported half an hour ago that all the schools in south-east Queensland that were closed today would remain so tomorrow.
The state’s Department of Education and Training has put out a statement expanding on those closures, “strongly urging parents to check local weather conditions and road access, and put their safety — and that of their children — above all else”.


Here’s some more vision of the situation on the Gold Coast, where major flooding has cut off roads and submerged cars. These cars are stuck in floodwaters just outside the Robina hospital.


A thunderstorm is about to bring destructive winds to the Gympie Council Area. The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning, and say damaging winds will hit Kilkivan by 2.35 pm (local time) and Kilkivan, Bauple and Mount Kanighan by 3.05 pm.


Tourists who were trapped on Daydream Island are now in Airlie Beach, where they’ve again found themselves stuck with no accommodation and no information.
One of the evacuees, Hermione Gardiner, told my colleague, Helen Davidson, that they were being given very little assistance. It sounds pretty grim for the group.

Holiday makers arrive back from islands in the Whitsundays only to find they're now stuck in Airlie Beach.


Schools in storm-ravaged south-east Queensland will remain closed on Friday.
The government announced this morning that all public, private, and independent schools would close on Thursday to limit movement and prevent injuries during Thursday’s dangerous weather.

UPDATE All schools that were closed today will remain closed tomorrow


Residents outside the Queensland town of Biloela are being urged to consider relocating as authorities issue an emergency alert for water levels at the Callide and Kroombit Dams.
Police said preparations to leave should be made immediately and residents in areas at risk are being told to head to the Biloela civic centre.


The Bureau of Meteorology says parts of Brisbane have recorded 200mm in two hours. Parts of the Gold Coast have seen 380mm.

Alpha Street, Taringa. Live coverage on now.

Can't get onto the highway from my house as access closed. This Gold Coast weather is unbelievable at the moment. Definitely staying indoors

Dam overflowing in central Queensland after heavy falls last night and this morning from . Number 7 Dam at Mount Morgan

Langlands St, East Brisbane: cars underwater, houses flooding underneath


Malcolm Turnbull has arrived back in Canberra after his visit to cyclone-affected areas on the north Queensland coast. Turnbull spoke of Cyclone Debbie in question time, praising emergency services and the military, which he said had the largest pre-deployment for a natural disaster in its history.
Turnbull said his visit had reinforced the importance of cyclone-resistant structures.


South-east Queensland could experience rainfall of 400mm in 24 hours. The rainfall is set to intensify throughout the afternoon and into Thursday night.
Queensland Police commissioner, Ian Stewart, was wary of predicting rainfall in any single area.


Some good news from the Sunshine Coast. We mentioned earlier a family was trapped in their home by floodwaters at Tanawha. They have now been rescued, and have been taken to dry land on an inflatable raft.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Family rescued from flooded home. Inflatable raft making its way to dry land now.


Parts of Murwillumbah, in northern NSW, are now flooded. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, destructive winds, abnormally high tides, and damaging surf across the Northern Rivers region, and parts of the parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast districts.

Storm force winds are likely to develop over coastal waters off the southern Queensland coast on Friday. Check


Guests stranded at the Daydream Island resort are expected to be evacuated via ferry to Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie by 2pm local time. Hamilton Island airport is already struggling to accommodate thousands of guests wanting to get off the island, and is warning that not everyone will be able to leave today.

2 vessels evacuating all guests to either Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie. Should be completed by 2pm today


The heaviest of the rainfall is currently taking place in parts of Wide Bay, near Bundaberg, and areas south of Brisbane, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Gold Coast so far.

Even the cows are seeking higher ground to try to stay out of the rain on the Gold Coast


Energy minister, Mark Bailey, has posted pictures of destroyed electricity towers across north Queensland. Ergon Energy is working to restore power to more than 60,000 homes in the region, but warns it will take time, and priority will be given to critical infrastructure like hospitals, sewage plants, and supermarkets.

10 NQ electricity towers folded like cardboard in Pics just in from chopper doing damage assessments


More images are emerging of the trail of destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday region. Here Helen Muller of Proserpine sits in the ruins of her double garage, which was built by her father.


A rescue operation is under way at Tanawha, on the Sunshine Coast, where two adults and four children are trapped in a flooded home. We’ll bring you more on that as soon as it comes to hand.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Swiftwater rescuers on scene where 2 adults & 4 kids are trapped in flooded home. Rescue underway.


Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, has spoken about the rescue of dozens of people trapped by floodwaters in towns around Mackay.
“I was just briefed some 30 minutes ago that the rescue is completed for both Eton as well as Homebush,” she told the ABC. “We had about 20 to 30 people at Eton and 40 at Homebush.


The Nerang river on the Gold Coast is flooded. The major M1 highway remains flooded at Mudgeeraba. The Gold Coast Bulletin has put .

Nerang River, Sorrento. Gold Coast.


The RACQ has already received 252 insurance claims after Cyclone Debbie.
The Insurance Council of Australia declared Debbie a catastrophe on Tuesday. The damage bill is expected to be significant. It was the worst cyclone to hit the region since Yasi in 2011. That cyclone resulted in $1.4bn in insurance claims.

We've had 252 cyclone, flood & storm claims this wk. Visit if you need to to make a claim.


AAP is reporting waits of up to an hour for sandbags at some Brisbane SES depots.
The waits are occurring despite thousands being pre-prepared. The city’s lord mayor, Graham Quirk, said the council had arranged for 500 tonnes of sand to be turned into 40,000 sandbags this week and crews are now adding to that at a rate of 4,000 an hour. The lord mayor arrived at Brisbane’s Newmarket SES depot to a line of cars waiting up to an hour for sandbags, as parts of the city experience flash flooding.


Motorists appear to be ignoring the warnings of authorities to stay off the roads. Vision shows cars driving through floodwaters in Milton, on the northern banks of the Brisbane river.

BMW gets stuck in floodwaters in Milton. Video: Lachie Bishop-West. Live coverage on now.

Beck street in Paddington flooded.


The State Emergency Service has received more than 430 calls for help in south-east Queensland, mostly for sandbagging.
Police are receiving calls about localised flooding across the city.

Police receiving numerous calls about localised flooding. Remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT. fo


Major flooding is now expected for NSW’s northern rivers, including the Tweed. The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its flood warning for the region.

Flood Warning updated for the Tweed River. Major flooding expected at Murwillumbah today.


We mentioned earlier that people were trapped by floodwaters at Eton, near Mackay. Emergency services say they have now evacuated more than 80 people from Eton. That includes 12 people who were taken by helicopter to Walkerston, to the north-east.

> 80 evacuations from Eton: 46 moved to higher ground yesterday; 12 choppered to Walkerstone today @ 10am. Stay away from flooded areas.


The Gold Coast is experiencing major flooding. These cars are almost fully submerged outside Robina hospital.


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the worst is yet to come for south-east Queensland. The meteorologist James Taylor said Brisbane was now seeing 35mm to 45mm of rainfall an hour, with some areas experiencing more than 50mm. He said flash flooding was a real concern in the city. Heavy rain overnight meant the run-off from this morning’s rain would be “extremely quick”.
The remnants of Cyclone Debbie are still moving towards the state’s south-east and are starting to interact with a cold front moving north.


Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek is flooding. The creek flows from the west into the city, past the Enoggera army base, Ballymore stadium, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital, before joining the Brisbane river.

Breakfast Creek in Newmarket has had enough.


This rainfall map for Brisbane (yes, it’s in there somewhere) gives an idea of just what the city is going through right now.


There’s an update from tourist Hermione Gardiner, who is stuck on Daydream Island. She told my colleague Helen Davidson that the navy had arrived.
“Navy is here, getting us off soon. I think we’re being shipped to Airlie Beach but no news what will happen when we get there … roads to Proserpine airport closed,” Gardiner said.

Airlie Beach catering service has opened its door to anyone wanting a free feed. Amazing spirit on display.


Some pretty scary rainfall figures coming out of Brisbane. In Aspley, a suburb in the city’s north, 122mm fell in three hours. In nearby Alderley, 130mm fell over the same time. A severe thunderstorm warning was .

Very dangerous situation unfolding in the region severe warning for heavy

Severe storm warning for HEAVY RAIN. 122mm in 3 hrs at Aspley. 130mm in 3 hrs at Alderley. STAY OFF THE ROADS


Thousands of stranded tourists will be evacuated from Hamilton Island as conditions ease, and Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar resume flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. But Hamilton Island authorities are warning passengers that flights are already near capacity, and that the loss of power and communications is forcing airlines to conduct manual check-ins. That means each check-in will take about 25 minutes.
“As such, we are anticipating long waits for guests and apologise in advance for this inconvenience,” the authorities said.

UPDATE (11am QLD time): We thank you for your continued patience please see the latest flight update attached for


Rockhampton regional council has updated its list of road closures. You can .


AAP has compiled this list of closures as a result of the weather in south-east Queensland:


Streets in Brisbane are already flooding. A full list of closures is .

Munro Street at St Lucia opposite flooded

Person looks on as car submerged in flood water. Heroes Avenue, Toowong.

Quick run down to the end of road to check on ... It's raging!


The Gold Coast airport is cancelling all Tigerair flights. Virgin flights are cancelled from midday local time.

⚠️️ All Tigerair services have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Virgin Australia services have been cancelled from 12pm AEST.

‼Airport Update ‼We are open however we are experiencing some delays due to ☔. Best to check with your airline for latest info!


Roads across a vast region of the state have either been cut off, damaged or flooded. Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the roads. Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads but it may not be exhaustive.
The Marlborough-Sarina Road, which runs south of Mackay, has collapsed in the heavy rains.

Section of Old Maryborough-Sarina Road collapsed after heavy rain. Photos by Theresa Allgood:


Emergency services are reminding parents to keep their kids away from flooded creeks and drains after the closure of all schools between Agnes Water and NSW.
The closures include independent and private schools. Businesses have also been urged to close after midday.

With schools closed across Qld, parents keep kids inside & away from flooded creeks/drains: ​


We mentioned earlier that Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten had visited cyclone-ravaged areas in north Queensland. They’ve declared themselves on a “unity ticket” in support of the region. These photos of their trip along the north Queensland coast have just come in.


An ABC reporter, Megan Hendry, has just tweeted this picture of a snake on the flooded Bruce Highway, at Bajool, south of Rockhampton.

Snakes on a highway. Wildlife escaping the floodwaters across the Bruce at Bajool


Satellite imagery gives a good idea of the tropical low’s movement towards south-east Queensland.
The images come from the Himawari series of weather satellites, operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.


Organisers of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast have suspended competition until further notice because of Queensland’s wild weather.
Beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast have been closed.

: All beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast, including South Bank Lagoon. Stay out of the water!


Hermione Gardiner is on Daydream Island, which has been hit hard by the cyclone. It’s expected evacuations will begin today. Last night Gardiner described the situation.
Daydream is pretty ruined, not sure they’ll be having guests here for a while! We are getting very sparse updates so we don’t really know what is going on.
Since the cyclone passed drinking water is on rations (one bottle at a time), power is out in most areas of the hotel, as is running water so no toilets showers for the most part.


The first evacuation flights are reportedly leaving Hamilton Island today, and the ADF is also expected to get to Daydream, where hundreds of people are stranded.

HMAS Choules has left Brisbane after loading stores to support communities affected by


Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have arrived in north Queensland to inspect the cyclone-affected area. They’ve said they are on a “unity ticket”.
“This is an example of nature flinging her worst at Australians,” Turnbull said.


Authorities are trying to rescue about 50 people trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, says rescue efforts are under way to reach 11 people near Eton, in the Pioneer Valley, south-west of the city.


It’s “good news” that Queensland has just had a long, hot, dry summer, because the dams are not too full as these floods hit, according to the Queensland minister Mark Bailey.
Northpine dam was about 58% capacity, and Wivenhoe at 68%. “This is not comparable to the 2011 situation, let’s be clear about this,” Bailey said.


This is the latest round-up of flood warnings for Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers.

Initial flood warning for the Bremer River and Lockyer, Laidley and Warill creeks


“One of the things that concerns me about this system, is it is very much in the south-east an intensifying system … winds are going to pick up” said Queensland’s police commissioner, Ian Stewart.
“This is a very large system and it’s starting to move quite quickly.”


Good morning, this is Helen Davidson here to continue our coverage of the aftermath of cyclone Debbie and the heavy rains and flooding now affecting large parts of Queensland.
All schools in south-east Queensland – more than 600 – are closed today as the weather continues to deteriorate in the area.

www.theguardian.com: Ex-cyclone Debbie: scores rescued from floodwaters around Mackay – live

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Bureau of Meteorology warns that worst is yet to come for south-east Queensland as flood warnings extend to northern NSW. Follow all the updates live …


Some good news from the Sunshine Coast. We mentioned earlier a family was trapped in their home by floodwaters at Tanawha. They have now been rescued, and have been taken to dry land on an inflatable raft.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Family rescued from flooded home. Inflatable raft making its way to dry land now.


Parts of Murwillumbah, in northern NSW, are now flooded. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, destructive winds, abnormally high tides, and damaging surf across the Northern Rivers region, and parts of the parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast districts.

Storm force winds are likely to develop over coastal waters off the southern Queensland coast on Friday. Check


Guests stranded at the Daydream Island resort are expected to be evacuated via ferry to Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie by 2pm local time. Hamilton Island airport is already struggling to accommodate thousands of guests wanting to get off the island, and is warning that not everyone will be able to leave today.

2 vessels evacuating all guests to either Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie. Should be completed by 2pm today


The heaviest of the rainfall is currently taking place in parts of Wide Bay, near Bundaberg, and areas south of Brisbane, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Gold Coast so far.

Even the cows are seeking higher ground to try to stay out of the rain on the Gold Coast


Energy minister, Mark Bailey, has posted pictures of destroyed electricity towers across north Queensland. Ergon Energy is working to restore power to more than 60,000 homes in the region, but warns it will take time, and priority will be given to critical infrastructure like hospitals, sewage plants, and supermarkets.

10 NQ electricity towers folded like cardboard in Pics just in from chopper doing damage assessments


More images are emerging of the trail of destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday region. Here Helen Muller of Proserpine sits in the ruins of her double garage, which was built by her father.


A rescue operation is under way at Tanawha, on the Sunshine Coast, where two adults and four children are trapped in a flooded home. We’ll bring you more on that as soon as it comes to hand.

TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Swiftwater rescuers on scene where 2 adults & 4 kids are trapped in flooded home. Rescue underway.


Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, has spoken about the rescue of dozens of people trapped by floodwaters in towns around Mackay.
“I was just briefed some 30 minutes ago that the rescue is completed for both Eton as well as Homebush,” she told the ABC. “We had about 20 to 30 people at Eton and 40 at Homebush.


The Nerang river on the Gold Coast is flooded. The major M1 highway remains flooded at Mudgeeraba. The Gold Coast Bulletin has put .

Nerang River, Sorrento. Gold Coast.


The RACQ has already received 252 insurance claims after Cyclone Debbie.
The Insurance Council of Australia declared Debbie a catastrophe on Tuesday. The damage bill is expected to be significant. It was the worst cyclone to hit the region since Yasi in 2011. That cyclone resulted in $1.4bn in insurance claims.

We've had 252 cyclone, flood & storm claims this wk. Visit if you need to to make a claim.


AAP is reporting waits of up to an hour for sandbags at some Brisbane SES depots.
The waits are occurring despite thousands being pre-prepared. The city’s lord mayor, Graham Quirk, said the council had arranged for 500 tonnes of sand to be turned into 40,000 sandbags this week and crews are now adding to that at a rate of 4,000 an hour. The lord mayor arrived at Brisbane’s Newmarket SES depot to a line of cars waiting up to an hour for sandbags, as parts of the city experience flash flooding.


Motorists appear to be ignoring the warnings of authorities to stay off the roads. Vision shows cars driving through floodwaters in Milton, on the northern banks of the Brisbane river.

BMW gets stuck in floodwaters in Milton. Video: Lachie Bishop-West. Live coverage on now.

Beck street in Paddington flooded.


The State Emergency Service has received more than 430 calls for help in south-east Queensland, mostly for sandbagging.
Police are receiving calls about localised flooding across the city.

Police receiving numerous calls about localised flooding. Remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT. fo


Major flooding is now expected for NSW’s northern rivers, including the Tweed. The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its flood warning for the region.

Flood Warning updated for the Tweed River. Major flooding expected at Murwillumbah today.


We mentioned earlier that people were trapped by floodwaters at Eton, near Mackay. Emergency services say they have now evacuated more than 80 people from Eton. That includes 12 people who were taken by helicopter to Walkerston, to the north-east.

> 80 evacuations from Eton: 46 moved to higher ground yesterday; 12 choppered to Walkerstone today @ 10am. Stay away from flooded areas.


The Gold Coast is experiencing major flooding. These cars are almost fully submerged outside Robina hospital.


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the worst is yet to come for south-east Queensland. The meteorologist James Taylor said Brisbane was now seeing 35mm to 45mm of rainfall an hour, with some areas experiencing more than 50mm. He said flash flooding was a real concern in the city. Heavy rain overnight meant the run-off from this morning’s rain would be “extremely quick”.
The remnants of Cyclone Debbie are still moving towards the state’s south-east and are starting to interact with a cold front moving north.


Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek is flooding. The creek flows from the west into the city, past the Enoggera army base, Ballymore stadium, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital, before joining the Brisbane river.

Breakfast Creek in Newmarket has had enough.


This rainfall map for Brisbane (yes, it’s in there somewhere) gives an idea of just what the city is going through right now.


There’s an update from tourist Hermione Gardiner, who is stuck on Daydream Island. She told my colleague Helen Davidson that the navy had arrived.
“Navy is here, getting us off soon. I think we’re being shipped to Airlie Beach but no news what will happen when we get there … roads to Proserpine airport closed,” Gardiner said.

Airlie Beach catering service has opened its door to anyone wanting a free feed. Amazing spirit on display.


Some pretty scary rainfall figures coming out of Brisbane. In Aspley, a suburb in the city’s north, 122mm fell in three hours. In nearby Alderley, 130mm fell over the same time. A severe thunderstorm warning was .

Very dangerous situation unfolding in the region severe warning for heavy

Severe storm warning for HEAVY RAIN. 122mm in 3 hrs at Aspley. 130mm in 3 hrs at Alderley. STAY OFF THE ROADS


Thousands of stranded tourists will be evacuated from Hamilton Island as conditions ease, and Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar resume flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. But Hamilton Island authorities are warning passengers that flights are already near capacity, and that the loss of power and communications is forcing airlines to conduct manual check-ins. That means each check-in will take about 25 minutes.
“As such, we are anticipating long waits for guests and apologise in advance for this inconvenience,” the authorities said.

UPDATE (11am QLD time): We thank you for your continued patience please see the latest flight update attached for


Rockhampton regional council has updated its list of road closures. You can .


AAP has compiled this list of closures as a result of the weather in south-east Queensland:


Streets in Brisbane are already flooding. A full list of closures is .

Munro Street at St Lucia opposite flooded

Person looks on as car submerged in flood water. Heroes Avenue, Toowong.

Quick run down to the end of road to check on ... It's raging!


The Gold Coast airport is cancelling all Tigerair flights. Virgin flights are cancelled from midday local time.

⚠️️ All Tigerair services have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Virgin Australia services have been cancelled from 12pm AEST.

‼Airport Update ‼We are open however we are experiencing some delays due to ☔. Best to check with your airline for latest info!


Roads across a vast region of the state have either been cut off, damaged or flooded. Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the roads. Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads but it may not be exhaustive.
The Marlborough-Sarina Road, which runs south of Mackay, has collapsed in the heavy rains.

Section of Old Maryborough-Sarina Road collapsed after heavy rain. Photos by Theresa Allgood:


Emergency services are reminding parents to keep their kids away from flooded creeks and drains after the closure of all schools between Agnes Water and NSW.
The closures include independent and private schools. Businesses have also been urged to close after midday.

With schools closed across Qld, parents keep kids inside & away from flooded creeks/drains: ​


We mentioned earlier that Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten had visited cyclone-ravaged areas in north Queensland. They’ve declared themselves on a “unity ticket” in support of the region. These photos of their trip along the north Queensland coast have just come in.


An ABC reporter, Megan Hendry, has just tweeted this picture of a snake on the flooded Bruce Highway, at Bajool, south of Rockhampton.

Snakes on a highway. Wildlife escaping the floodwaters across the Bruce at Bajool


Satellite imagery gives a good idea of the tropical low’s movement towards south-east Queensland.
The images come from the Himawari series of weather satellites, operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.


Organisers of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast have suspended competition until further notice because of Queensland’s wild weather.
Beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast have been closed.

: All beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast, including South Bank Lagoon. Stay out of the water!


Hermione Gardiner is on Daydream Island, which has been hit hard by the cyclone. It’s expected evacuations will begin today. Last night Gardiner described the situation.
Daydream is pretty ruined, not sure they’ll be having guests here for a while! We are getting very sparse updates so we don’t really know what is going on.
Since the cyclone passed drinking water is on rations (one bottle at a time), power is out in most areas of the hotel, as is running water so no toilets showers for the most part.


The first evacuation flights are reportedly leaving Hamilton Island today, and the ADF is also expected to get to Daydream, where hundreds of people are stranded.

HMAS Choules has left Brisbane after loading stores to support communities affected by


Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have arrived in north Queensland to inspect the cyclone-affected area. They’ve said they are on a “unity ticket”.
“This is an example of nature flinging her worst at Australians,” Turnbull said.


Authorities are trying to rescue about 50 people trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, says rescue efforts are under way to reach 11 people near Eton, in the Pioneer Valley, south-west of the city.


It’s “good news” that Queensland has just had a long, hot, dry summer, because the dams are not too full as these floods hit, according to the Queensland minister Mark Bailey.
Northpine dam was about 58% capacity, and Wivenhoe at 68%. “This is not comparable to the 2011 situation, let’s be clear about this,” Bailey said.


This is the latest round-up of flood warnings for Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers.

Initial flood warning for the Bremer River and Lockyer, Laidley and Warill creeks


“One of the things that concerns me about this system, is it is very much in the south-east an intensifying system … winds are going to pick up” said Queensland’s police commissioner, Ian Stewart.
“This is a very large system and it’s starting to move quite quickly.”


Good morning, this is Helen Davidson here to continue our coverage of the aftermath of cyclone Debbie and the heavy rains and flooding now affecting large parts of Queensland.
All schools in south-east Queensland – more than 600 – are closed today as the weather continues to deteriorate in the area.

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