THE Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) has moved to the STAND UP activation level, which is the highest activation level, in response to the continued development of severe weather and Tropical Cyclone Marcia.
Full details regarding weather warnings and advices are available at the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) Warning page at www.bom.gov.au A summary of current warnings and advices follows.
Due to severe weather, Council is advising residents that all waste collection services scheduled for Friday have now been cancelled. Friday collections will now be conducted on Sunday.
If weather does not permit completion of collection services on Sunday, the service will be continued on Monday. Affected residents are asked not to present their bins until 5am on Sunday.
BOM advises that Tropical Cyclone Marcia has developed over the central Coral Sea, and is slowly strengthening.
During today, the system will curve onto a south-westerly track. 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 intensity by landfall.
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 kilometres per hour may develop about the coast and islands near the centre on Friday morning.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop near the trough early on Thursday morning, and are likely to move onto the coast between St Lawrence and Hervey Bay during Thursday morning.
These thunderstorms may produce localised areas of destructive wind gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour about coastal and island communities.
A Flood Watch is current for Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
Heavy rainfall associated with a trough is forecast to affect catchments between Rockhampton and the NSW border from Thursday through to Saturday.
Widespread rainfall totals of 200-400 mm for this period are forecast, with locally higher rainfall likely. The heaviest rainfall is expected to fall within coastal catchments.
Some river level rises above the minor flood level are expected especially for coastal rivers. Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.
Information on how to Get Ready for severe weather events can be found at bundaberg.qld.gov.au/disaster.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
- Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.