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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management GroupJenny Whitney said the monsoonal low has now been officially classified as Category 1 TropicalCyclone Dylan.
Mayor Whitney said TC Dylan is now looking like crossing the coast near Ayr late tonight or early Friday morning.
“We reiterate again that Whitsunday region residents and businesses in low-lying areas should be prepared for king tides 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,” she said.
“The high tide this morning saw water inundation across some low-lying areas of Bowen, AirlieBeach and Cannonvale foreshores and Shute Harbour.
“Residents across the Whitsunday region should be prepared for higher levels of inundation from as early as 5am tomorrow morning until 12pm.
“Further updates will be issued to the public tonight and tomorrow morning as the situationprogresses.
“Concerned residents in low-lying areas should listen to ABC local radio and check the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page for the most up to date information.
“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 to see if their flight is cancelled.
Also passengers can access up to date information regarding flights at: http://www.whitsundaycoastairport.com.au/
“For the most up to date information on road closures people are urged to check the 131940website www.131940.qld.gov.au
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 andLibraries 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 a direct 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