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    FINALLY!!! @QLDLabor's secured 44 seats, enough to form govt with backing of IND. #qldpol #qldvotes #mmmbrisnews

    ECQ rejects Pauline Hanson's application for a recount in the seat of Lockyer. #qldvotes #qldpol #mmmbrisnews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9sug_GIMAEoO0x.jpg

    Government House is hot property...@LSpringborg's paying a visit, now @AnnastaciaMP's on her way. #qldpol #qldvotes #mmmbrisnews

    THE HI-FI TO CLOSE

    Tragic news for fans of live music venue The Hi-Fi with word it's gone into administration.
    That's West End, as well as outlets in Sydney and Melbourne gone with administrators apparently seizing control of the company yesterday.

    The Brisbane brand was launched back in 2009 but the well-known venue chain's hosted gigs from local and international acts for 18 years. 
    Triple M's put in a call for comment. 

    Big day for @AnnastaciaMP QLD's 39th Premier. Also Dep Prem Jackie Trad & Treasurer Curtis Pitt #qldpol #mmmbrisnews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9xFXgrCIAA3Ogn.jpg

    Fast food junkies: Aussies spend an average of $300 per person per year on unhealthy food. #mmmbrisnews

    JOHNNY DEPP GETS A BRISBANE TRIM



    Johnny Depp has arrived in Australia, and has made a beeline for some manscaping experts. 

    The actor was photographed with a beard ambassador from Buccaneer Grooming, a barbershop in Brisbane yesterday.  

    Depp is here to film Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with principal photography starting on the Gold Coast today.

    It's been a busy period for the 51 year old, who married Amber Heard for a second time just last week.

    He's also been confirmed as joining the new band, Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.

    They'll perform at Rock in Rio this September.


    Mining death: man killed after tyre explosion at Dawson coal mine. #mmmbrisnews
    How's the irony: 50 Shades Of Grey movie second most popular Feb release ever behind Passion Of The Christ. $240M on wknd. #mmmbrisnews

    QUEENSLANDERS CAUGHT IN BERRY SCARE

    Four Queenslanders have tested positive to hepatitis A after eating frozen berries linked to a contamination scare.
       
    We already knew three people in Victoria and two in New South Wales had been diagnosed with hepatitis A after eating Nanna's frozen mixed berries.
    Queensland Health has confirmed the four Queenslanders, three from Brisbane and one from Cairns, who tested positive to the virus had also eaten Nanna's frozen mixed berries.

    Senior director of Queensland Health's communicable diseases unit, Dr Sonya Bennett says there is a fourth Queenslander who has tested positive to Hepatitis A but it's unclear if the person ate frozen berries.
    We do expect to see more cases and I think that will happen throughout the country. Most of our cases in Queensland became ill in late January and early February.
    There's a national recall of 1kg packs of Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berries, and 300g and 500g of Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries.
    The virus has a long incubation period of up to 50 days and symptoms include fever, chills, tiredness, abdominal pain and nausea and jaundice (yellow skin and eyes).
    Queensland Health says you should WAIT for symptoms to show before being tested - contact them here
    Indonesia confirms Bali 9ers Andrew Chan & Myuran Sukumaran will be transferred to Nusa Kambangan Is for execution this week #mmmbrisnews
    Plan to transfer Bali 9 pair tomorrow's postponed by Indon AG although it's believed the date of executions hasn't changed. #mmmbrisnews

    Heads up about high tides on Thursday & Friday for Brisbane - #mmmbrisnews #bneweather http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-BvfM0CAAEpV5F.jpg

    ROUGH LANDING AT ARCHEFIELD

    A close call for the pilot of a light plane at Archefield airport this morning:




    .@AnnastaciaMP "Our message to Queenslanders is start getting ready now" #qldweather #mmmbrisnews

    SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE #BIGWET

    The news team is signing off for the night - so we can bring you all the updates from early tomorrow morning. Stay safe everyone... remember, IF IT'S FLOODED, FORGET IT!! 



    6pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now upgraded TC Marcia to a category 4 system. 


    Here's what we know: 
    • Tropical Cyclone Marcia has intensified faster than authorities expected, and has escalated from a Category 1 to a Category 4 throughout the day. At this stage, it is NOT expected to reach a category 5
    • Forecasters expect it to cross the coast south of St Lawrence at 5am on Friday morning. 
    • Residents from Mackay to Gladstone are being warned to prepare for very destructive winds from the core of the cyclone.
    • Bundaberg is expected to cop the worst of it - anywhere around 300mm of rain expected over the next 24 hours. 
    • Winds could exceed 280kmh in some areas, so batten down the hatches if you haven't already. 
    • School closures are likely, but will not be confirmed until 6am - you can check the list HERE 
    • While 6 un-gated dams are spilling over, SEQ Water says no gate releases are planned for Wivenhoe Dam or North Pine dam because in the dam catchment areas a max of 100mm of rain is expected, not enough to cause great concern. 
    • Up to 500mm of rain is expected as far south as Northern NSW... with a Severe Weather warning issued just after 4pm Thursday.
    • Sandbags are available via the SES or your local council - check their individual websites for pick up locations... but please, only take what you need. 
    • At this stage, the boss of Suncorp Stadium says both the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar games will go ahead. 
    • The Premier has promised hourly updates from now... and she's urging residents to STAY HOME unless it's essential to go out. 


    The key message is DON'T PANIC, but BE READY. 

    If you do need any help overnight, here's some numbers to keep handy: 

    For all life threatening emergencies phone Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance
    • 000 

    Do you need assistance from your local SES members?
    • State Emergency Service 132 500

    Are there burst pipes in your area?
    • Seqwater 1800 771 497

    Have you lost water supply to your home, are there taste and smell issues with your drinking water?
    • QLD Urban Utilities 13 23 64
    • Unitywater 1300 086 489

    To report any fallen powerlines or electric shocks
    • Energex Emergency 13 19 62 (24/7)

    If you have lost power or are experiencing electricity supply problems call:
    • Energex Power outages 13 62 62 (24/7)


    Brisbane on Thursday - Getty Images 

    5.30pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now updated the forecast track map for TC Marcia - 

    and expects the system to cross the Qld coast as a category 4 system at approx. 5am Friday morning. 


    5pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia is forecast to reach the Queensland coast at approximately 3am Friday morning. 

    BOM's Robb Webb, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk & QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche

    From now, she has promised there will be hourly updates from authorities. 



    It is important all Queenslanders brace themselves for heavy rain. This is a serious event.

    It has changed drastically since this morning. It has gone from a category one to a three and we're likely to see category four. Queenslanders need to be prepared now


    The Premier is asking people to stay home, unless they absolutely have to go out. The Whitsundays are already in complete lockdown. 

    Listen to your radio. Think about your family and your loved ones. If you don't need to go out, don't go out. And please, be safe. Be safe, this is a very very important time...we're taking this extremely seriously, we don't want there to be any loss of life

    The Premier is reminding parents of the State's government's policy in relation to school closures.... the final call on closures will never be made until 6am each morning. She's reminding parents to check the EDUCATION QUEENSLAND website in the morning for the most up to date information. At this stage, there are no closures to report. 

    The weather bureau's Robb Webb says the category 3 system is likely to be category 4 by the time it hits the coast. He says we can expect gusts up to 260 km per hour. He expects the system will head across the coast somewhere south of St Lawrence, but is warning the cyclone is now expected to affect a larger area than earlier predicted - residents from Mackay, south to Gladstone are being warned to brace for destructive winds from the system's core. 

    While forecasters will be watching carefully, at this stage they're not expecting the system to move beyond a category 4. 

    QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche says swift water is one of the biggest risks at the moment.. and appropriate rescue workers have already been deployed to areas they expect to be worst hit. 

    In saying that, he's calling on US to be prepared and have our emergency kits ready... 

    it is vital residents know their cyclone or storm surge risk so they can plan and take appropriate measures,

    4.50pm UPDATE: 

    Our emergency crews are bracing for a long night... and few days... with cat 3 TC Marcia due to make landfall in the middle of the night. 


    Meantime, a heads up for residents living near some of the State's dams... SEQ Water's warning people about 6 un-gated dams currently spilling over. 



    4.40pm UPDATE:

    The Premier's in a meeting with the State Disaster Management committee for the second time today.


    Radar images of TC Marcia show things are intensifying... 


    4pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia has now been updated to CATEGORY THREE, and the bureau says it's likely to be a CATEGORY FOUR by the time it hits land overnight. 


    The weather bureau is warning the system is continuing to intensify as it moves towards the coast at about 260km/h. 

    Gusts will be up to 260km/h by the time the cyclone hits land between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning.

    People between Bowen 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).

    3.50pm UPDATE:
     


    Agencies are in full swing preparing for TC Marcia, which is due to hit the coast in the early hours of tomorrow morning. 



    3pm UPDATE:

    Sandbag depots across the State are being inundated with thousands of bags being handed out to residents in preparation of the high tides and heavy rain. 

    Council's are asking residents to take ONLY what you need, to ensure there's enough to go around. 


    Supermarkets have already started selling out of basics like bread and milk, with people stocking up for the next few days. 

    Radar images show things are starting to get pretty messy off the coast. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is still classed as a category 2 system, but is expected to be updated to category 3 before it crosses the coast overnight. Winds up to 175 km/hr are likely. 

    BoM 

    2.30pm UPDATE: 

    At this stage, there are NO school closures across the State... 

    If anything changes,  you can keep track of it all HERE 

    Education Queensland says that list will be updated as soon as there are any changes.

    "The decision to open or close schools and other facilities include factors such as current and predicted weather conditions, river and stream levels as well as road and access conditions," Education Queensland says.

    "The safety of students, teachers and community members is the department's highest priority".

    2.10pm UPDATE:

    The weather bureau has updated its advice for TC Marcia:  

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 185 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning. 

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

    GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point this evening, and extend inland to areas including Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, and Monto overnight and Friday morning. 

    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. 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 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 will develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point today, particularly over areas to the south of the system. A Flood Watch is current for the area.


    2pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has issued its latest update - Regional Director, Robb Webb, says TC Marcia is around 185km off the coast of Mackay at the moment, and is moving towards the coast at a rate of about 23 km per hour. 


    At this stage, he expects the system will cross the coast as a category 3. 

    The BOM is estimating over 300mm of rain for residents from Mackay to the NSW border, though at this stage they're expecting the majority of the activity to be coastal, rather than moving inland. There will be destructive winds overnight, and into tomorrow morning. 

    If you're feeling a tad confused about the difference in the cyclone categories, here's a snippet from BOM's website: 


    1.30pm UPDATE - Queensland Fire & Emergency have posted some 'fast facts' about TC Marcia... 


    12.30PM UPDATE - Yepoon shelter opening at 5pm on Rawling Street. 

    Locals told this should be a last resort. 

    12.00PM UPDATE: NEW SEVERE WEATHER WARNING ISSUED 

    Issued at 11:49 am Thursday, 19 February 2015. 

    Synoptic Situation: Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Marcia lies over the Coral Sea approximately 555km north of Bundaberg. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to continue on a general southwesterly track towards the Queensland east coast, and forecast to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Bundaberg early on Friday still as a category 2 cyclone. A trough extends southwards from the tropical cyclone and will be near the Wide Bay and southeast Queensland coasts today. 

    Heavy rain and locally damaging wind gusts are possible from the coast to the ranges between Double Island Point and Brisbane, extending to the state's southern border and the eastern Darling Downs and southern Burnett later today and Friday. The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding, with some 24 hour totals in excess of 300mm likely (mainly near the coast and nearby ranges). Damaging wind gusts may reach around 90 km/hr, mostly near the coast and ranges. 

    Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year from today. Dangerous surf conditions and beach erosion are also expected on exposed beaches. Riverine flooding: A flood watch is current for the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs & Granite Belt District forecast districts. 

    A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for areas between Mackay and Double Island Point. A Tropical Cyclone Watch is current for adjacent inland areas from Rockhampton to Double Island Point. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Brisbane, Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy and Gympie. 

    The next warning is due to be issued by 5:50 pm. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. 

    The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

    11.00AM UPDATE: TC Marcia upgraded to Category Two system.




    The category one storm is expected to be upgraded to a category two system with winds of 150km an hour as it makes landfall.


    EARLIER: 

    Brisbane will feel the brunt of it early Friday morning, about 300 millimetres of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours meaning flash flooding is highly possible.

     

    Tide levels could also complicate the conditions, high tides will be abnormally high today and tomorrow and could hit record levels for the year.

     

    The bureau's issued flood warning for the Carpicornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt Districts. 

     

    Nearly 10 thousand sandbags have been issued by the SES this week for low-lying areas of Brisbane. 




    6 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE THE #BIGWET COMES

    With Cyclone Marcia officially forming overnight, authorities are urging us to be prepared for what is likely to be a very wet and windy few days around the South East.

    Rainfall could reach at least 500mm for Brisbane and surrounds, and wind gusts are expected to reach 90km an hour.

    Here are the top 6 things you need to do today, before the worst of the weather arrives:

    1. PREPARE YOUR PLAN - now's the time to get organised. Not when the #BigWet is already here.

    2. PREPARE YOUR EVACUATION -even though the Cyclone Marcia's expected to cross the coast near Yeppoon, Brisbane and South East Queensland can expect flash flooding. Remember if it's flooded, forget it.

    3. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT - this will include everything from bottled water, to batteries to operate your radio. ( Wine optional ;) )

    4. PREPARE YOUR HOME, CHECK ON NEIGHBOURS AND PETS - Is it going 

    5. TUNE INTO WARNINGS - tune in to us on air, or keep an eye on this web page for the latest info. Check the Weather Bureau website for cyclone updates and severe weather warnings, along with the Emergency Services Website, and the Energex website  and Ergon website for power outages.

    6. KEEP CALM -  we've been through this before in 2011- remember how the Queensland spirit shone?

    If you need help - here's a handy list of emergency contacts:

    For all life threatening emergencies phone Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance
    000 

    Do you need assistance from your local SES members?
    State Emergency Service 132 500

    Are there burst pipes in your area?
    Seqwater 1800 771 497

    Have you lost water supply to your home, are there taste and smell issues with your drinking water?
    QLD Urban Utilities 13 23 64
    Unitywater 1300 086 489

    To report any fallen powerlines or electric shocks
    Energex Emergency 13 19 62 (24/7)

    If you have lost power or are experiencing electricity supply problems call:
    Energex Power outages 13 62 62 (24/7)

    SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE #BIGWET

    The news team is signing off for the night - so we can bring you all the updates from early tomorrow morning. Stay safe everyone... remember, IF IT'S FLOODED, FORGET IT!! 



    6pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now upgraded TC Marcia to a category 4 system. 


    Here's what we know: 
    • Tropical Cyclone Marcia has intensified faster than authorities expected, and has escalated from a Category 1 to a Category 4 throughout the day. At this stage, it is NOT expected to reach a category 5
    • Forecasters expect it to cross the coast south of St Lawrence at 5am on Friday morning. 
    • Residents from Mackay to Gladstone are being warned to prepare for very destructive winds from the core of the cyclone.
    • Bundaberg is expected to cop the worst of it - anywhere around 300mm of rain expected over the next 24 hours. 
    • Winds could exceed 280kmh in some areas, so batten down the hatches if you haven't already. 
    • School closures are likely, but will not be confirmed until 6am - you can check the list HERE 
    • While 6 un-gated dams are spilling over, SEQ Water says no gate releases are planned for Wivenhoe Dam or North Pine dam because in the dam catchment areas a max of 100mm of rain is expected, not enough to cause great concern. 
    • Up to 500mm of rain is expected as far south as Northern NSW... with a Severe Weather warning issued just after 4pm Thursday.
    • Sandbags are available via the SES or your local council - check their individual websites for pick up locations... but please, only take what you need. 
    • At this stage, the boss of Suncorp Stadium says both the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar games will go ahead. 
    • The Premier has promised hourly updates from now... and she's urging residents to STAY HOME unless it's essential to go out. 


    The key message is DON'T PANIC, but BE READY. 

    If you do need any help overnight, here's some numbers to keep handy: 

    For all life threatening emergencies phone Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance
    • 000 

    Do you need assistance from your local SES members?
    • State Emergency Service 132 500

    Are there burst pipes in your area?
    • Seqwater 1800 771 497

    Have you lost water supply to your home, are there taste and smell issues with your drinking water?
    • QLD Urban Utilities 13 23 64
    • Unitywater 1300 086 489

    To report any fallen powerlines or electric shocks
    • Energex Emergency 13 19 62 (24/7)

    If you have lost power or are experiencing electricity supply problems call:
    • Energex Power outages 13 62 62 (24/7)


    Brisbane on Thursday - Getty Images 

    5.30pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has now updated the forecast track map for TC Marcia - 

    and expects the system to cross the Qld coast as a category 4 system at approx. 5am Friday morning. 


    5pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia is forecast to reach the Queensland coast at approximately 3am Friday morning. 

    BOM's Robb Webb, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk & QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche

    From now, she has promised there will be hourly updates from authorities. 



    It is important all Queenslanders brace themselves for heavy rain. This is a serious event.

    It has changed drastically since this morning. It has gone from a category one to a three and we're likely to see category four. Queenslanders need to be prepared now


    The Premier is asking people to stay home, unless they absolutely have to go out. The Whitsundays are already in complete lockdown. 

    Listen to your radio. Think about your family and your loved ones. If you don't need to go out, don't go out. And please, be safe. Be safe, this is a very very important time...we're taking this extremely seriously, we don't want there to be any loss of life

    The Premier is reminding parents of the State's government's policy in relation to school closures.... the final call on closures will never be made until 6am each morning. She's reminding parents to check the EDUCATION QUEENSLAND website in the morning for the most up to date information. At this stage, there are no closures to report. 

    The weather bureau's Robb Webb says the category 3 system is likely to be category 4 by the time it hits the coast. He says we can expect gusts up to 260 km per hour. He expects the system will head across the coast somewhere south of St Lawrence, but is warning the cyclone is now expected to affect a larger area than earlier predicted - residents from Mackay, south to Gladstone are being warned to brace for destructive winds from the system's core. 

    While forecasters will be watching carefully, at this stage they're not expecting the system to move beyond a category 4. 

    QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche says swift water is one of the biggest risks at the moment.. and appropriate rescue workers have already been deployed to areas they expect to be worst hit. 

    In saying that, he's calling on US to be prepared and have our emergency kits ready... 

    it is vital residents know their cyclone or storm surge risk so they can plan and take appropriate measures,

    4.50pm UPDATE: 

    Our emergency crews are bracing for a long night... and few days... with cat 3 TC Marcia due to make landfall in the middle of the night. 


    Meantime, a heads up for residents living near some of the State's dams... SEQ Water's warning people about 6 un-gated dams currently spilling over. 



    4.40pm UPDATE:

    The Premier's in a meeting with the State Disaster Management committee for the second time today.


    Radar images of TC Marcia show things are intensifying... 


    4pm UPDATE: 

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia has now been updated to CATEGORY THREE, and the bureau says it's likely to be a CATEGORY FOUR by the time it hits land overnight. 


    The weather bureau is warning the system is continuing to intensify as it moves towards the coast at about 260km/h. 

    Gusts will be up to 260km/h by the time the cyclone hits land between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning.

    People between Bowen 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).

    3.50pm UPDATE:
     


    Agencies are in full swing preparing for TC Marcia, which is due to hit the coast in the early hours of tomorrow morning. 



    3pm UPDATE:

    Sandbag depots across the State are being inundated with thousands of bags being handed out to residents in preparation of the high tides and heavy rain. 

    Council's are asking residents to take ONLY what you need, to ensure there's enough to go around. 


    Supermarkets have already started selling out of basics like bread and milk, with people stocking up for the next few days. 

    Radar images show things are starting to get pretty messy off the coast. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is still classed as a category 2 system, but is expected to be updated to category 3 before it crosses the coast overnight. Winds up to 175 km/hr are likely. 

    BoM 

    2.30pm UPDATE: 

    At this stage, there are NO school closures across the State... 

    If anything changes,  you can keep track of it all HERE 

    Education Queensland says that list will be updated as soon as there are any changes.

    "The decision to open or close schools and other facilities include factors such as current and predicted weather conditions, river and stream levels as well as road and access conditions," Education Queensland says.

    "The safety of students, teachers and community members is the department's highest priority".

    2.10pm UPDATE:

    The weather bureau has updated its advice for TC Marcia:  

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of tropical cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 185 km/h, is expected to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Gladstone early on Friday morning. 

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

    GALES are expected to develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point this evening, and extend inland to areas including Blackwater, Moura, Biloela, and Monto overnight and Friday morning. 

    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. 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 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 will develop about coastal and island communities between Mackay and Double Island Point today, particularly over areas to the south of the system. A Flood Watch is current for the area.


    2pm UPDATE: 

    The weather bureau has issued its latest update - Regional Director, Robb Webb, says TC Marcia is around 185km off the coast of Mackay at the moment, and is moving towards the coast at a rate of about 23 km per hour. 


    At this stage, he expects the system will cross the coast as a category 3. 

    The BOM is estimating over 300mm of rain for residents from Mackay to the NSW border, though at this stage they're expecting the majority of the activity to be coastal, rather than moving inland. There will be destructive winds overnight, and into tomorrow morning. 

    If you're feeling a tad confused about the difference in the cyclone categories, here's a snippet from BOM's website: 


    1.30pm UPDATE - Queensland Fire & Emergency have posted some 'fast facts' about TC Marcia... 


    12.30PM UPDATE - Yepoon shelter opening at 5pm on Rawling Street. 

    Locals told this should be a last resort. 

    12.00PM UPDATE: NEW SEVERE WEATHER WARNING ISSUED 

    Issued at 11:49 am Thursday, 19 February 2015. 

    Synoptic Situation: Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Marcia lies over the Coral Sea approximately 555km north of Bundaberg. Tropical Cyclone Marcia is expected to continue on a general southwesterly track towards the Queensland east coast, and forecast to cross the coast between St Lawrence and Bundaberg early on Friday still as a category 2 cyclone. A trough extends southwards from the tropical cyclone and will be near the Wide Bay and southeast Queensland coasts today. 

    Heavy rain and locally damaging wind gusts are possible from the coast to the ranges between Double Island Point and Brisbane, extending to the state's southern border and the eastern Darling Downs and southern Burnett later today and Friday. The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding, with some 24 hour totals in excess of 300mm likely (mainly near the coast and nearby ranges). Damaging wind gusts may reach around 90 km/hr, mostly near the coast and ranges. 

    Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year from today. Dangerous surf conditions and beach erosion are also expected on exposed beaches. Riverine flooding: A flood watch is current for the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs & Granite Belt District forecast districts. 

    A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for areas between Mackay and Double Island Point. A Tropical Cyclone Watch is current for adjacent inland areas from Rockhampton to Double Island Point. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich, Brisbane, Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Kingaroy and Gympie. 

    The next warning is due to be issued by 5:50 pm. Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. 

    The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. 

    11.00AM UPDATE: TC Marcia upgraded to Category Two system.




    The category one storm is expected to be upgraded to a category two system with winds of 150km an hour as it makes landfall.


    EARLIER: 

    Brisbane will feel the brunt of it early Friday morning, about 300 millimetres of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours meaning flash flooding is highly possible.

     

    Tide levels could also complicate the conditions, high tides will be abnormally high today and tomorrow and could hit record levels for the year.

     

    The bureau's issued flood warning for the Carpicornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt Districts. 

     

    Nearly 10 thousand sandbags have been issued by the SES this week for low-lying areas of Brisbane. 




    MARCIA FAST FACTS 5AM

    CYCLONE MARCIA FAST FACTS



    KEY NUMBERS SES 132500



    For life threatening emergencies Triple ZERO



    FORECAST AS AT 5.00AM - Weather Bureau issuing cyclone
    warnings hourly at the moment.



    Cities in the eye of the storm  are: St Lawrence in the north, down to
    Yeppoon, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.
    (This is Isaac Shire).





    Winds of up to 300km per hr expected.





    6 TIPS TO PREPARE
    FOR EMERGENCIES



    1. PREPARE YOUR PLAN - now's the time to get organised. Not when the
    #BigWet is already here.



    2. PREPARE YOUR EVACUATION -even though the Cyclone Marcia's expected to cross the
    coast near Yeppoon, Brisbane and South East Queensland can expect flash
    flooding.
     Remember if it's flooded, forget it.



    3. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT - this will include everything from bottled water, to batteries to
    operate your radio. ( Wine optional ;) )



    4. PREPARE YOUR HOME, CHECK ON NEIGHBOURS AND PETS - Is it going 



    5. TUNE INTO WARNINGS - tune in to us on air, or keep an eye on this web page for the
    latest info. Check the
     Weather Bureau
    website
     for cyclone updates and severe weather warnings, along with the Emergency Services Website, and the Energex website  and Ergon website for power
    outages.



    6. KEEP CALM -  we've been through this before in 2011- remember how the
    Queensland spirit shone?



    FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES:



    http://deta.qld.gov.au/natural-disasters.html
    -



    AS AT 4.30AM
    Mainly FNQ Schools



    St John
    Fisher at Bracken Ridge is closed – mainly bc of the rain and some building
    works they have got on at the moment.



    SANDBAGS FOR COLLECTION AROUND
    BRISBANE:



    Darra - South Depot, 38 Shamrock Road



    Morningside - Balmoral Depot, 9 Redfern Street



    Newmarket - SES Depot, 66 Wilston Road



    Zillmere- North Depot, 22 Jennings Street



    (remember to only half fill sandbags
    and use them in a brick style formation)














    GOLD COAST SCHOOL CLOSURES AS AT 5.30am FRI


    AB Patterson College, St Hilda's Southport, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School,Pacific Coast Christian School
    St. Joseph's Primary Tweed Heads,Condong Pre School Mt St Patrick College & Mt St Patrick Primary School, Murwillumbah, St James Primary & St Josephs College, Banora Point, Banora Point Public School, Bilambil Public School, Bogangar Public School, Burringbar Public School, Caldera SSP, Carool Public School, Centaur Public School
    Chillingham Public School, Condong Public School, Crabbes Creek Public School, Crystal Creek Public School, Cudgen Public School, Dungay Public School, Duranbah Public School, Fingal Head Public School, Kingscliff Public School
    Murwillumbah East Public School, Murwillumbah Public School, Murwillumbah Sth Infants School, Pottsville Beach Public School, Stokers Siding Public School, Terranora Public School, Tumbulgum Public School, Tweed Heads Public School, Tweed Heads South Public School, Tyalgum Public School, Uki Public School, Banora Point High School
    Kingscliff High School, Murwillumbah High School, Tweed River High School, Wollumbin High School


    Keep checking the Education Department's website for up to date info:

    MARCIA- LATEST CYCLONE PATH MAP AS AT 8AM

    This is just out from the Weather Bureau, showing the projected path of Cyclone Marcia: 



    CATHOLIC SCHOOL CLOSURES FRI

    All Brisbane Catholic Education schools (from
    Childers in the north down to the NSW border in the south) will operate
    classes as scheduled on Friday 20 February, with the exception of:

     * St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge

    Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs

    Siena Catholic Primary School, Sippy Downs

    Christ the King Primary School, Deception Bay

    St Eugene College, Burpengary

    These schools will provide supervision only; no classes will be held and parents are urged to keep students at home if possible.

    Parents in any school who have concerns relating to safety on the roads or access later
    in the day should keep children at home.
    Please notify your school if you make
    the decision to do so.
     

    For State School closures check here

    by Natasha Jobson edited by Brisbane News Team 2/19/2015 10:31:14 PM

    MARCIA 9AM CYCLONE MAP

    MARCIA 9AM CYCLONE MAP

    TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 28

    Issued at 9:01 am EST on Friday 20 February 2015

    Headline:Marcia crossing the coast near Shoalwater Bay. Very destructive winds expected in Yeppoon later this morning.

    Areas Affected: Warning Zone Sarina to Double

    Island Point, extending inland to Moura, Biloela, Monto, Taroom, Mundubbera,
    and Murgon

    Watch ZoneNone

    Cancelled ZoneNone.

    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 9:00 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 22.5 degrees South 150.5 degrees East, estimated to be 75
    kilometres north northwest of Yeppoon and 170 kilometres north northwest of
    Gladstone.

    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.

    Hazards:

    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.

    Recommended Action:

    People between Sarina
    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).





    "It's business as normal" @Team_Quirk on #TCMarcia's impact on Brisbane. #mmmbrisnews

    MARCIA 12PM CYCLONE MAP



    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 12:00 pm EST:

    Intensity: category 4, sustained winds near the centre of 175 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour. 
    Location: within 9 kilometres of 23.1 degrees South, 150.5 degrees East , 20 kilometres west northwest of Yeppoon and 115 kilometres northwest of Gladstone . 
    Movement: south at 20 kilometres per hour .

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, category 4, continues to move south and is expected to pass to the near west of Yeppoon during the next couple of hours. It is expected to continue a southerly movement through today while slowly weakening.

    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.

    Hazards:

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 250 km/h, has crossed the Capricorn coast near Shoalwater Bay, and is moving south towards Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

    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 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.

    Recommended Action:People between Sarina 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).

    CYCLONE- EVENTS CANCELLED

    This is a section where we will update event cancellations as we hear them:

    Eat Street Markets  at Hamilton are cancelled today.









    The Battle Against Ovarian Cancer volleyball event, scheduled
    for this Sunday 22nd February at Sandstorm Beach Club, Mt Gravatt has been
    postponed until further notice



    Davies Park Market at
    West End is cancelled on Saturday



    The Collective Markets at South Bank are cancelled this
    weekend



    The Saturday Jan Powers Farmers Markets at the Brisbane
    Powerhouses and Manly have been cancelled



    The Saturday Fresh Markets at Rocklea will be closed Saturday
    21 February.
    At this stage (current 1pm Friday) the Sunday Discovery Markets
    will still be operating as normal.



    Friday night’s Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in the Valley’s
    Chinatown have been cancelled



    Friday night's A-League match at Lang Park between Brisbane
    Roar and Melbourne Victory, has been postponed



    John Paul College has cancelled its Cricket Festival Day
    this weekend.
    The event has been moved to Sunday, March 29, and will coincide
    with the annual JPC Friends of Cricket awards.



    Night Adventures, Mt Coot-tha Forest – Friday 20 February 6.30 – 8.30pm CANCELLED

    Guided nature walk in Boondall Wetlands – Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February 9.30 - 11.30am CANCELLED

    Nudgee shorebird discovery walk, BrisAsia Festival 2015 – Sunday 22 February 7.30 - 9.30am CANCELLED

    Bands in Parks, Perrin Park in Toowong - Sunday 22 February 2-4pm CANCELLED

    #TCMARCIA DOWNGRADED - 1.05pm

    The weather bureau has provided an update - Cyclone Marcia has now weakened to a category 3 system. 
    BoM satellite map as at 1.05pm


    At this stage, the system is moving at 19km/h and is estimated to be 25 kilometres west southwest of Yeppoon and 105 kilometres northwest of Gladstone.

    It is scheduled to further weaken as it moves closer to Mundubbera sometime after midnight. 


    According to the bureau, here's what you need to know: 

    Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 1:00 pm EST:

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, category 3, continues to move south over the northern Capricornia district and is expected to impact Rockhampton during the next couple of hours. It is expected to continue a southerly movement through today while slowly weakening.

    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.

    Hazards:

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 205 km/h, is currently impacting the Yeppoon and Rockhampton areas.

    DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with wind gusts to 160 km/h are expected to extend further south and inland across the Capricornia and Burnett districts today, including Gladstone.

    GALES are occurring about some coastal and island communities between St Lawrence and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend inland to areas including Moura, Biloela, Monto, and Mundubbera today and overnight.

    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 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 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 as the cyclone moves south. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

    Recommended Action:

    - People in the path of this very dangerous cyclone should stay calm and remain in a secure shelter - above the expected water level - while the very destructive winds continue.

    - Do not venture outside if you find yourself in the eye of the cyclone - (very) destructive winds from a different direction could resume at any time.

    - Follow the evacuation advice or directions of Police, Emergency Services personnel and local authorities.

    CYCLONE MARCIA: 2pm UPDATE



    • Marcia is continuing to move past the Rockhampton area...currently, it's estimated to be 5 kilometres south southwest of Rockhampton and 90 kilometres west northwest of Gladstone.
    • The system is continuing to travel at approx 19 kmh 



    • Cyclone Marcia has damaged homes in the central Queensland town of Yeppoon, and has torn iron from buildings in Rockhampton to the south.
    • Council and Police have been doorknocking around 140 properties around Toorbul and Beachmere - they're not being evacuated, but have to be on high alert because of the rising tides.
    • At least three houses on Great Keppel Island have crumbled into the sea - check out these pics from 9News on Twitter: 

     
     

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    • Asked about the threats to Brisbane, given how much rain the city has had, the Premier says more modelling iss being done. She says the rain across Brisbane and the southeast corner was from a trough separate from the cyclone. Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk is urging caution, but says there are no concerns about the Brisbane River breaking its banks. He said any flooding would result from creek corridors, with winds gusting to 90km/h also expected.
    • At this stage, Seqwater is not expecting to have to release water from Wivenhoe Dam, upstream from Brisbane. But if the rainfall predictions up to 500mm are correct, they may have to...
      A judgment will be made over the coming 24, 48 hours...If a gate release is required ... depending on the amount of water that is released there may be some roads or low lying bridges affected.

    • All flights to and from Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay airports have been suspended... Hervey Bay remains open but there are delays, and also at both the Gold and Sunshine Coast airports, and Brisbane. 
    • While the Brisbane Roar have postponed tonight's A-League match... it's looking like the Reds are still planning to play the Western Force at Suncorp tomorrow night, and Cricket Australia are still hopeful the Gabba won't be too soggy for tomorrow's World Cup match against Bangladesh. 
    • A Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 has been launched to support those impacted by Marcia - 000 is still be the first call in an emergency and those requiring emergency assistance during a flood or storm should call SES on 132 500.  
    • A new app called 'Self Recovery' has also been launched by the Communities Minister - and is available via the Apple and Android stores. 
      [The app] has vital tips for preparing for disasters, including how to look after yourself, your family and neighbours, and what to do after a disaster has hit your area...All our community recovery information is just one click away


    HERE'S THE LATEST 'FAST FACTS' UPDATE:




    MARCIA TAKES OVER SOCIAL MEDIA

    Cyclone Marcia may've been downgraded from a category 5 to a category 3 this afternoon, but she's leaving a path of destruction. 

    Pics are starting to pop up on social media...of everything from destroyed homes, to the heavy rainfall further south.  

    Here's a few we've come across so far: 

    Keen surfers enjoying the crazy waves at Burleigh today. Was hard to get a pic fighting heaps of other photogs under the tiny hut but was fun watching! Happy Friday people and let's pray this cyclone passes asap ????????☔️????
    by katiemuz via Instagram
    In the eye of the storm #TCMarcia #cyclone
    by tash_kapernick via Instagram
    Pic: Facebook; Oz Cyclone Chasers 
    Pic: Facebook; Oz Cyclone Chasers  
    Pic: Facebook; Oz Cyclone Chasers  
    Pic: Facebook; Oz Cyclone Chasers  
    Pic: Facebook; Oz Cyclone Chasers 
    Flood water walks #TCMarcia
    by 6caleb via Instagram
     
     

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    CYCLONE MARCIA UPDATE 3pm


    • There are reports the eye of the cyclone has started breaking up - effectively, Tropical Cyclone Marcia is slowly becoming a low pressure system. At this stage, the system is still a category 3. 
    • The system has gained some speed in the past hour, and is now tracking at around 22 km per hour. 
    • The weather bureau's latest update says Marcia is continuing to weaken, with wind gusts now maxxing out at 165km per hour at the core. 
    The cyclone is expected to turn to the south-southeast this evening, and weaken below cyclone strength on Saturday morning.

    The VERY DESTRUCTIVE CORE of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia, with gusts to 170 km/h, is moving south between Rockhampton and Mount Morgan.

    DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with wind gusts to 160 km/h are expected to extend further south and inland across the Capricornia and Burnett districts today, including Gladstone.

    GALES are occurring about some coastal and island communities between Shoalwater Bay and Double Island Point, and are expected to extend inland to areas including Moura, Biloela, Monto, and Mundubbera today and overnight.

    Abnormally high tides will be experienced with water levels expected to rise substantially above the highest tide of the year on the high tide, even though the cyclone is inland. 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 adjacent inland areas between Yeppoon and Double Island Point, and is expected to continue today and overnight as the cyclone moves south. A Flood Watch is current for the area.
    • There's a stack of road closures throughout the State... but in the past hour, the Bruce Highway at Caboolture's been overcome by flood waters. Both southbound lanes are closed, and traffic has been diverted north. 
    • From 2pm, Moreton Bay residents have been able to bunker down in emergency centres at both Dakabin and Woodford, but we're being urged to try seek shelter with friends and family first - The evacuation centres are located at:  Watson Park Convention Centre, Old Gympie Road, Dakabin (access via Plantation Road, North Lakes) & Woodford Memorial Community Hall, 103 Archer Street, Woodford





    LORD MAYOR'S UPDATE - 3PM

    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk's given an update on the state of play in Brissy at the moment. 

    He says:
     
    • Winds are expected to rise tomorrow afternoon. 
    • Tomorrow we're expecting 200-300mm rain. 
    • Around 30 roads are closed at the moment... although most of these are closing, and then reopening, as the extend of the rainfall declines. He understands motorists will be frustrated in this arvo's drive home, but he's asking patience and cautioning against moving past barriers 'because that will only end in grief' 
      "It's a moving beast, and will continue to be so into tomorrow" 

    • The creek system is holding up fairly well, although authorities are on high alert for this arvo's high tide, expected around 4pm. 
    • Dam levels are fine at the moment... and all of the infrastructure around sewage plants etc is fine too. 

    CYCLONE MARCIA 4.30pm UPDATE

    So... what's new?? 

    • Cyclone Marcia is still a category 3 system, though is weakening as it moves south - winds are still reaching up to 165km per hour at the core. 
    • Moving at a rate of 20 km per hour, the system is estimated to be 50 kilometres south southeast of Rockhampton and 60 kilometres west of Gladstone... it will reach Bioela at some stage this evening. 
    • The cyclone warning for north of Yeppoon has now been cancelled.
    • The cyclone is expected to turn to the south-southeast this evening, and weaken below cyclone strength on Saturday morning.
    • There have been NO INJURIES reported, though there's been significant damage at both Yeppoon and Rockhampton. 
    • The Insurance Council is already counting the cost of the event... it's been declared a catastrophe. 
    • In Brissy... the wet weather is not even related to the cyclone, yet there's already some localised flooding at the usual spots like Kedron Brook and Toombul. 

     
     

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    A heads up if you were heading to any of these @brisbanecityqld events - they're OFF thanks to #TCMarcia #mmmbrisnews http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-RLbrfIcAAnFPw.png

    #TCMARCIA FAST FACTS - 4.30pm

    ‪#‎TCMarcia‬ ‪#‎SES‬ & ‪#‎RFSQ‬ wet weather ‪#‎fastfacts‬ as at 4pm Fri 20 Feb

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been downgraded to a Category 3 but is still very dangerous;
    State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have received more than 2900 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours;
    Of these, over 1000 requests for assistance were in the greater Brisbane area, around 800 requests in central Queensland, more than 700 for the north coast and around 500 in the south east in the past 24 hours;


    For emergency storm and flood response, residents can call the SES on 132 500 or lodge a request via www.132500.qld.gov.au or by downloading the SES Assistance App which is available for iPhone and Android devices; 

    In a life threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000).




    CYCLONE MARCIA DOWNGRADED AGAIN

    Tropical Cyclone Marcia is now a category 2 system. 

    The weather bureau's latest update says the core is moving south, with destructive winds possible at Biloela in the next couple of hours.


    Details of Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 5:00 pm EST:

    Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 110 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 155 kilometres per hour.

    Location: within 20 kilometres of 23.8 degrees South 150.7 degrees East, estimated to be 60 kilometres west of Gladstone and 65 kilometres north northeast of Biloela.

    Movement: south southeast at 18 kilometres per hour.

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia has weakened to a category 2 system,and continues to move south over the Capricornia district while weakening. The cyclone is expected to turn to the south-southeast this evening, and weaken below cyclone strength on Saturday morning.

    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.
    . @BOM_Qld: "The Cyclone's currently a category 2 system, but we do expect it to decay further overnight" #TCMarcia #BigWet #mmmbrisnews
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