Cyclone Marcia.
Cyclone Marcia. Contributed

PM says his thoughts are with people of Rockhampton

UPDATE 9.30AM: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said his thoughts are with the people of Rockhampton and Gladstone, "because these are the areas most likely to be impacted (by the cyclone)".

"I've been in contact with Premier. The Commonwealth stands ready to offer all possible assistance to Queensland," the PM said.

"We are used to dealing with the dangerous summers in this countr. It's good we've been able to get through so much of this summer without any major incidents.

"Let's hope we can get through it without too much damage and without any loss of life."

UPDATE 8.20AM: SEVERE tropical cyclone Marcia, category 5, is currently crossing the coast near Shoalwater Bay north of Yeppoon.

 

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 8:00 am EST:

Intensity: Category 5, sustained winds near the centre of 205 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 285 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 9 kilometres of 22.4 degrees South 150.5 degrees East, estimated to be 105 kilometres east of St Lawrence and 85 kilometres north northwest of Yeppoon.

Movement: south at 20 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, category 5, is currently moving onto the Capricorn coast near Shoalwater Bay, north of Yeppoon. It is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction over land close to the coast during today.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current south of Double Island Point and inland to the southern Burnett and eastern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

The very destructive core of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 285 km/h, is crossing the Capricorn coast near Shoalwater Bay, north of Yeppoon.

Very destructive winds with wind gusts above 200 km/h are expected to impact coastal and island communities between Shoalwater Bay and Rockhampton this morning and afternoon, including the Yeppoon area.

Destructive winds with wind gusts to 160 km/h are expected to extend further south and inland across the Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts later today, including Gladstone.

Gales are occurring about some coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend inland to areas including Moura, Biloela, Monto, Taroom and Mundubbera during today.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced this morning with water levels expected to rise substantially above the highest tide of the year on the high tide. Note also that abnormally high tides are also likely during this evening's high tide in parts of the warning area even though the cyclone is likely to be over land and weaker by then.

Coastal residents between St Lawrence and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast, and in the following high tide well after landfall during this evening. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Dangerous surf is also expected.

Heavy rainfall is already occurring about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Double Island Point, and is expected to extend further inland across the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, and the eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts later today. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

UPDATE 6.10AM: CYCLONE Marcia is moving closer to the Capricorn Coast, at about 18kms an hour.

The latest model map indicates the cyclone will make landfall between 8am and 9am today between St Lawrence and Yeppoon.

 

Cyclone Marcia tracking map as at 6am on Friday.
Cyclone Marcia tracking map as at 6am on Friday.

Intensity: Category 5, sustained winds near the centre of 205 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 285 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 9 kilometres of 22.0 degrees South 150.5 degrees East, estimated to be 110 kilometres east northeast of St Lawrence and 130 kilometres north of Yeppoon.

Movement: south at 18 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, category 5, is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction towards the Queensland coast, and make landfall between St. Lawrence and Hervey Bay later today.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current south of Double Island Point and inland to eastern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

Hazards:
The very destructive core of severe tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 295 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St. Lawrence and Hervey Bay later today.

Destructive winds  are expected to extend  further across coastal and island communities between St. Lawrence and Gladstone this morning, and inland across the Capricornia and Burnett districts later today.

Gales are occurring about some coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend inland to areas including Moura, Biloela, Monto and Mundubbera during today.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced this morning with water levels expected to rise substantially above the highest tide of the year on the high tide. Note also that abnormally high tides are also likely during this evening's high tide in parts of the warning area even though the cyclone is likely to be over land and weaker by then.

Coastal residents between Sarina and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast, and in the following high tide well after landfall during Friday evening. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Dangerous surf is also expected.

Heavy rainfall is already occurring about some coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point, and is expected to extend further inland across the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, and the eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts later today. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

UPDATE 5.20AM: CYCLONE MARCIA is now expected to hit land at 9am today, north of Yeppoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology's latest model map shows the change of the cyclone's path and timeframe.

BOM tracking map for Tropical Cyclone Marcia, released 5am on Friday February 20
BOM tracking map for Tropical Cyclone Marcia, released 5am on Friday February 20

Intensity: Category 5, sustained winds near the centre of 205 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 285 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 9 kilometres of 21.8 degrees South 150.5 degrees East, estimated to be 120 kilometres east northeast of St Lawrence and 150 kilometres north of Yeppoon.

Movement: south at 16 kilometres per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, category 5, is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction towards the Queensland coast, and make landfall between St. Lawrence and Hervey Bay later today.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current south of Double Island Point and inland to eastern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.


The very destructive core of severe tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 295 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St. Lawrence and Hervey Bay later today.

Destructive winds are expected to extend further across coastal and island communities between St. Lawrence and Gladstone this morning, and inland across the Capricornia and Burnett districts later today.

Gales are occurring about some coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend inland to areas including Moura, Biloela, Monto and Mundubbera during today.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced this morning with water levels expected to rise substantially above the highest tide of the year on the high tide. Note also that abnormally high tides are also likely during this evening's high tide in parts of the warning area even though the cyclone is likely to be over land and weaker by then.

Coastal residents between Sarina and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast, and in the following high tide well after landfall during Friday evening. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Dangerous surf is also expected.

Heavy rainfall is already occurring about some coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point, and is expected to extend further inland across the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, and the eastern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts later today. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

UPDATE 4.37AM: An emergency alert has been issued for Livingstone Shire Council area for Yeppoon (Mulambin)

Residents of Percy Ford and Swordfish Ave are at risk of storm tide inundation. Urgent evacuation recommended.

Make plans to leave by 5AM to family or friends or the PCYC at Mathew Flinders Drive.

UPDATE 4.30AM: AN EMERGENCY alert has been issued for Livingstone Shire Council area for Yeppoon (Mulambin).

Residents of Percy Ford and Swordfish Ave are at risk of storm tide inundation. Urgent evacuation recommended.

Make plans to leave by 5AM to family or friends or the PCYC at Mathew Flinders Drive.

All flights in and out of Rockhampton Airport have been cancelled.

An emergency alert has been issued for Livingstone Shire Council area for Yeppoon (Kinka)

Residents of Kinka are at risk of storm tide inundation.  Urgent evacuation recommended. Make plans to leave by 5am to friends or family or the Yeppoon Cyclone Shelter via Kinka Link and Tanby Rd.
 

UPDATE 4AM: CYCLONE Marcia has intensified to a category 5 system in the past hour and will make landfall between St Lawrence and Bundaberg at an estimated time of 10am today.

The system is currently 130km northeast of St Lawrence and 180km north of Yeppoon travelling at 13km/hr in a southerly direction.

Sustained winds near the centre are 205km/hr with wind gusts up to 285km/hr.

Communities from Sarina to Double Island Point, extending inland to Moura, Biloela, Monto, Taroom, Mundubbera, and Murgon are on cyclone alert.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current to the south of Double Island Point and west to the Great Dividing Range.

UPDATE 3.15AM: Severe tropical cyclone Marcia continues to move in a southerly direction and is expected to be a  category 5 system when it makes landfall at about 10am this morning.

The system is currently sitting 145km northeast of St Lawrence and 200km north of Yeppoon with sustained winds near the centre reaching 195km/hr with wind gusts of up to 275km/hr.

Cyclone Marcia is travelling towards the Capricornia Coast at a speed of 11km/hr and is expected to make landfall between Shoalwater Bay and Gladstone.

 Warning zone: Mackay to Double Island Point, extending inland to Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, Monto, Taroom, Mundubbera, and Murgon.

 A separate Severe Weather Warning is current to the south of Double Island Point and west to the Great Dividing Range.

UPDATE 2.55AM: THE Morning Bulletin has been advised there is water over roads across the region.

Reports suggest there is water over the road at the Cooper St and Lakes Creek Rd intersection, Cooper St and Petersen St Intersection, Stack St at Rhodes St Intersection and Dean St and Rodboro St intersection.

The Morning Bulletin believes Rockhampton Regional Council is in the process of placing signage up.

 Remember, if it's flooded forget it.

 

UPDATE 2.45AM: News just in from Livingstone Shire Council - Evacuation advices will be sent to all residents in the following locations with the following advice:

Residents of Causeway Lake, Mulambin Waters and Mulambin Beach are strongly encouraged to evacuate due to high likelihood of flooding upto approx. 2.5 meters above highest tide level.

Please evacuate immediately to friends or proceed to Yeppoon High School Cyclone Shelter via following Route:- • Scenic Highway • LHT at tourism Information Centre roundabout • RHT onto Tabone Street

Residents of Kinka Beach are strongly encouraged to evacuate due to high likelihood of flooding upto approx. 2.5 meters above highest tide level.

Please evacuate immediately to friends or proceed to Yeppoon High School Cyclone Shelter via following Route:- • Proceed to Yeppoon via Tanby Road • LHT at Tanby/Rockhampton Intersection (BP Service Station) • RHT onto Tabone Street

Residents of Todd Avenue are strongly encouraged to evacuate due to high likelihood of flooding upto approx. 2.5 meters above highest tide level.

Please evacuate immediately to friends or proceed to St Brendan's College via following Route:- • Adelaide Park Road

Residents of Whitman Street, Williams Street, Charles Street, Morris Street, Burnett Street, Arthur Street are strongly encouraged to evacuate due to high likelihood of flooding upto approx. 2.5 meters above highest tide level.

Please evacuate immediately to friends or proceed to St Brendan's College via following Route:- • Normanby Street • Adelaide Park Road

Residents of Percy Ford Street and Swordfish Avenue are strongly encouraged to evacuate due to high likelihood of flooding upto approx. 2.5 meters above highest tide level in some locations.

Please evacuate immediately to friends or proceed to Police Citizens Youth Club at 170 Matthew Flinders Drive, Yeppoon.

Residents of Joyce Avenue and Merrill Place are strongly encouraged to evacuate due to high likelihood of flooding upto approx. 2.5 meters above highest tide level in some locations.

Please evacuate immediately to friends or proceed to Police Citizens Youth Club at 170 Matthew Flinders Drive, Yeppoon.

 

UPDATE 2AM: TROPICAL cyclone Marcia is moving in an almost southerly direction and is expected to reach landfall as a category 5 system somewhere between Shoalwater Bay and Gladstone in the next eight hours.

Cyclone Marcia is currently a category 4 system with sustained winds near the centre of 195km/hr with wind gusts up to 270km/hr.

The system is sitting 155km northeast of St Lawrence and 210km north of Yeppoon and is moving in a southerly  direction at 11km/hr.

Warning zone: Mackay to Double Island Point, extending inland to Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, Monto, Taroom, Mundubbera, and Murgon.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current to the south of Double Island Point and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Hazards: The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of severe tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 295 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St. Lawrence and Gladstone this morning.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS are expected to extend further across coastal and island communities between Mackay and Burnett Heads early this morning, and inland across the Capricornia and Burnett districts during today. \

GALES are now occurring about some coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend inland to areas including Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, Monto and Mundubbera during today.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced this morning with water levels expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide.

Note also that abnormally high tides are also likely during this evening's high tide in parts of the warning area even though the cyclone is likely to be over land and weaker by then.

Coastal residents between Sarina and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast, and in the following high tide well after landfall during this evening.

The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline.

People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Dangerous surf is expected about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape.

Heavy rainfall is already occurring about some coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point, and is expected to continue today.

A Flood Watch is current for the area.

 

UPDATE 11PM: SEVERE tropical cyclone Marcia has slightly changed course and is moving south southwest towards Central Queensland at 7km/hr.

At last update, Cyclone Marcia was headed towards the Shoal Water Bay area and is expected to make landfall as a category 5 system at around 7-9am tomorrow.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia strengthened very rapidly during Thursday.

The system has stabilized within the category 4 range over the past few hours but may still reach category 5 before landfall.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current to the south of Double Island Point and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Residents from Rockhampton, North Rockhampton, Pink Lily, Wandal, Nine Mile, West Rockhampton and Rockhampton City are reporting power outages since 9pm as heavy rain and strong winds whip through the region.

The loss of supply is due to emergency repairs as Ergon Energy work to find and repair a fault.

Reports indicate a transformer may have blown up near South Rockhampton State High School.

Residents are urged to remain indoors as the wild weather continues to rock the region.

Warning zone: Mackay to Double Island Point, extending inland to Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, Monto, Taroom, Mundubbera, and Murgon.

Intensity: category 4, sustained winds near the centre of 195 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 270 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 9 kilometres of 20.8 degrees South, 150.6 degrees East , 195 kilometres north northeast of St Lawrence and 255 kilometres north of Yeppoon .

Movement: southwest at 7 kilometres per hour .

  Hazards: The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of severe tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 295 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Gladstone on Friday morning.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Burnett Heads tonight.

GALES are now occurring about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend north to Bowen later this evening and inland to areas including Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, Monto, Mundubbera, Taroom, and Murgon overnight and Friday.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced today and Friday with water levels expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide.

Note also that abnormally high tides are also likely on Friday evening's high tide in parts of the warning area even though the cyclone is likely to be over land and weaker by then.

Coastal residents between Mackay and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast, and in the following high tide well after landfall during Friday evening.

The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline.

People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities. Dangerous surf is expected about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop near the coast between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay ahead of tropical cyclone Marcia crossing the coast.

These thunderstorms may produce localised areas of destructive wind gusts in excess of 125 km/hr about coastal and island communities.

Heavy rainfall is already occurring about some coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point, and is expected to continue, and extend inland, during Friday.

A Flood Watch is current for the area

Recommended Action: People between Mackay and Double Island Point should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place.

- Boats and outside property should be secured [using available daylight hours/before nightfall].

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

 

UPDATE 8PM: Tropical Cyclone Marcia has developed and may intensify to a category 2 before landfall.

Warning Zone: Sarina to Double Island Point.

Watch Zone: Adjacent inland areas from Yeppoon to Double Island Point. 

 Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 65 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 95 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 110 kilometres of 17.6 degrees South 155.0 degrees East, estimated to be 760 kilometres northeast of Yeppoon and 850 kilometres north northeast of Bundaberg.

Movement: southwest at 22 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia has developed over the central Coral Sea, and is slowly strengthening.

During today, the system curved onto a southwesterly track, and it is expected to maintain this general motion through to landfall on the eastern Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay early on Friday.

Marcia is expected to slowly intensify, with a high chance of reaching category 2 intensisty by landfall.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for areas south of St Lawrence and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Hazards: GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point on Thursday during the late afternoon or evening.

Destructive wind gusts to 150 km/hr may develop about the coast and islands near the centre on Friday morning.

Heavy rainfall will develop about coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point during Thursday, particularly over areas to the south of the system.

A Flood Watch is current for the area.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced on Thursday with water levels expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide.

Coastal residents between St Lawrence and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast.

The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline.

People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Dangerous surf is expected to develop about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape from early Thursday.

Recommended Action: People between Sarina and Double Island Point should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 11 pm.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Wednesday 18 February.

 

 

UPDATE 5.30PM:  The tropical low in the Coral Sea could make landfall as a category two tropical cyclone between Yeppoon and Double Island Point early on Friday morning.

A tropical low lies over the central Coral Sea, and is slowly strengthening.

During today, the low has curved onto a southwesterly track, and it is expected to maintain this general motion through to landfall on the eastern Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay early on Friday.

The low is expected to slowly intensify, with a high chance of becoming a tropical cyclone overnight into Thursday morning, and reaching category 2 intensity at landfall.

This system will result in significant impacts over eastern Queensland districts south of about St Lawrence regardless of whether or not it transitions to a tropical cyclone, and therefore a separate Severe Weather Warning is current for areas south of St Lawrence and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 110 kilometres of 17.1 degrees South 155.3 degrees East, estimated to be 790 kilometres northeast of Mackay and 920 kilometres north northeast of Bundaberg.

Movement:  southwest at 22 kilometres per hour. A tropical low lies over the central Coral Sea, and is slowly strengthening.

Hazards: GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point on Thursday during the late afternoon or evening.

Heavy rainfall will develop about coastal and island communities between Sarina and Double Island Point during Thursday, particularly over areas to the south of the system.

A Flood Watch is current for the area.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced on Thursday with water levels expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide.

Coastal residents between St Lawrence and Double Island Point are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast.

The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline.

People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by the authorities.

Dangerous surf is expected to develop about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape from early Thursday.

Recommended Action: People between Sarina and Double Island Point should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 8 pm.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Next Advice: The next advice will be issued by 8:00 pm EST Wednesday 18 February.

 

UPDATE NOON: The tropical low in the Coral Sea forecasted to reach the Capricorn Coast on Friday is gaining speed.

The latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology states the low was moving at 11km/hr  at 10am compared to 8km/hr at 4.50am today.

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 16.2 degrees South 156.1 degrees East, estimated to be 910 kilometres northeast of Mackay and 1040 kilometres north northeast of Bundaberg.

Movement: south at 11 kilometres per hour.

A tropical low lies over the central Coral Sea. It is expected to shift towards the south southwest during today and Thursday, possibly intensifying to a Category 1 cyclone before crossing the east Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Double Island Point early Friday.

The tropical low will result in significant impacts over eastern Queensland districts south of about St Lawrence regardless of whether or not it transitions to a tropical cyclone, and therefore a separate Severe Weather Warning is current for areas south of Double Island Point and west to the Great Dividing Range.

Hazards:
GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Double Island Point during Thursday evening.

Heavy rainfall will develop about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Double Island Point during Thursday, particularly over areas to the south of the system. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced as the system approaches the coast. Water levels are expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide on Thursday.

Dangerous surf is expected to develop about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape from early Thursday.

Recommended Action:
People between St Lawrence and Double Island Point should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Next Advice:
The next advice will be issued by 5pm.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

 

UPDATE 7.20AM: A TROPICAL low in the Coral Sea that is forecasted to head towards Rockhampton is about estimated to be 970 kilometres northeast of Mackay and 1150 kilometres north northeast of Bundaberg.

This is according to the latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The advice, issued at 4.50am stated the low was  east southeast at 8 kilometres per hour.

It is expected to shift towards the southwest during today and Thursday, possibly intensifying to a tropical cyclone before crossing the east Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Double Island Point early Friday.

The tropical low will result in significant impacts over east Queensland districts south of about St Lawrence regardless of whether or not it transitions to a tropical cyclone.

A separate Severe Weather Warning is current for areas south of Double Island Point and west to the Great Dividing Range.

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Hazards:

GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Double Island Point during Thursday evening.

Heavy rainfall will develop about coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Double Island Point during Thursday, particularly over areas to the south of the system. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced as the system approaches the coast. Water levels are expected to rise above the highest tide of the year on the high tide on Thursday.

Dangerous surf is expected to develop about exposed beaches south of Sandy Cape from early Thursday.
Recommended Action:

People between St Lawrence and Double Island Point should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).
Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 11am.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

WEDNESDAY: BATTEN down the hatches Central Queensland, Tropical Cyclone Marcia could be coming our way.

Capricornia residents are being urged to prepare for severe weather over the coming few days as a tropical low pressure system over the Coral Sea along an active monsoon trough continues to track south off the Queensland coast.

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology duty observer Brendan Bradford said there was a moderate (20-50%) chance a tropical cyclone would form off the coast of Central Queensland and if it did, it would be named TC Marcia.

"This low pressure system combined with a high pressure system near New Zealand will bring heavy rain falls," Mr Bradford said.

"There is a moderate chance a cyclone will form off the coast of Central Queensland.

"It is a fairly disorganised system at the moment but we will keep an eye on it as it starts to organise itself. Even if it doesn't form, we will have heavy falls leading to flash flooding.

"The main focus for 24-hour totals at the moment is from Hervey Bay south where 200-300mm falls are expected. We could see 24-hour falls in excess of 120mm in Capricornia in the coming days."

Mr Bradford also warned coastal residents to prepare for the effects of a combination of king tides and heavy falls.

"We will see king tides over the next few days and with that combined with heavy falls there is concern low-lying coastal areas will be inundated."

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