- Tuesday 28 March 2017
The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is urging the community to be prepared for heavy rainfall, strong winds and possible flash flooding, with weather forecasts predicting ex-tropical cyclone Debbie to impact the region from Thursday morning.
Between 200-400mm of rain is possible in hinterland areas over a 24 hour period, with the Mary River catchment expected to receive significant rainfall. Dangerous surf conditions and beach erosion are also expected.
Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Coordinator Andrew Ryan said the LMDG had moved to ‘alert’ level to assist with preparations and would monitor the situation closely.
“At this stage we expect Tropical Cyclone Debbie will be downgraded to a rain depression and continue to track south, bringing very heavy rainfall and possible gale force winds,” Mr Ryan said.
“It’s also likely there will be a storm surge of 500mm, with localised tidal inundation possible on Thursday night.
“We expect road conditions to be hazardous, with water over local low lying roads, and tree and vegetation damage, so please stay off the roads if you can.
“If travel is unavoidable, remember to never drive through flood waters.”
Mr Ryan urged residents to prepare a household emergency kit and a plan to help themselves, their families and neighbours.
“There’s a possibility of isolation for some hinterland areas, so please do make sure you have enough food for up to three days,” Mr Ryan said.
“Whenever we’re expecting severe weather and heavy rainfall, people need to ensure they are prepared.
“Don’t be complacent while the weather looks fine here – take advantage of the days we have to prepare and secure loose outdoor items now.”
Visit council’s Disaster Hub at www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for all the information you need to be prepared before, during and after severe weather including how to plan an emergency kit, weather warnings, road closures, airport information and news updates.
Further updates will be issued as required, until the weather system no longer poses a threat to our region.
For life threatening emergencies call 000
Emergency help in storms and floods SES 132 500