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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management GroupJenny Whitney said the situation in the Whitsunday region is changing rapidly as the monsoonallow approaches the coast.
“We will continue to update the public regularly throughout the day as the situation progresses,”she said.
“At the moment the current forecast has the system crossing the coast near Ayr during Thursdaynight.
“It is still a monsoonal low, but may form into a Category 1 Tropical Cyclone when it crosses thecoast.
“In the Whitsunday region residents and businesses in low-lying areas should be prepared for king btides above the normal highest tide of the year and should be taking precautions to sandbag their properties or self evacuate to friends and family on higher ground.
“The high tide this morning at 10.15am at Shute Harbour and 9.30am at Bowen and tomorrow at11am at Shute Harbour and 11.10am at Bowen will be the periods of greatest storm surge.
“Wind gusts of up to 120km per hour are also expected in the Whitsunday region so people arereminded to cleanup around their yards.
“Passengers for Whitsunday Coast Airport are urged to check with their airline about whether their flight is cancelled.
“At the moment this mornings Jetstar flight is scheduled as usual, Virgin have cancelled theirafternoon flight today.
“The Whitsunday Coast Airport remains open and passengers should contact their airline for thelatest information.”
Also passengers can access up to date information regarding flights at:www.whitsundaycoastairport.com.au
“Currently there are no road closures in the region, this may change throughout the day as rainfall increases,” she said.
Sandbags can be filled and collected from SES sheds in Bowen, Cannonvale and Proserpine.
The locations of the SES sheds are:• Proserpine - 45 Hinschen Street• Cannonvale - 22 Schnapper Street• Bowen - 67 Herbert Street
People requiring sandbags can contact the SES on 132 500, sandbags are available now andpeople need to bring a shovel and fill the bags themselves.
The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group is also urging residents in coastal areas tofamiliarise themselves with the storm tide inundation mapping to identify the relevant evacuationzone for their properties.
The zones shown in the Emergency Action Guide (EAG) are an indication only for storm tides.
To view full-scale mapping, residents are urged to visit Council’s Customer Service Centres and
Libraries across the region or visit Council’s website www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au under the‘Disaster’ tab.
To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page, which will provide adirect link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.
The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group monitors all cyclone and storm activity throughoutthe season and through Council, will provide up to date information to media outlets and thecommunity.
For media enquiries, contact:Kate Lennox, Communications ManagerPhone: 07 4945 0614, 0427 458 369 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org