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    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:
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    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
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    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).





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

    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).

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    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

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    #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.

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    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:




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    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





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    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. 
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    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 thx to #TCMarcia #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-RLigtIAAEDNHT.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).




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

    CYCLONE MARCIA "NOT LIKE 2011"

    Can I say to all residents in the South East.. the advice I have received is very clear, that this is NOT LIKE the 2011 severe weather event that we experienced. Prior to 2011 we had the wettest December on record, and the catchments were saturated... at the moment we are seeing localised flooding, and further modelling is being done. 

    That's according to the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk
    .
    For now, Premier Palaszczuk is most concerned for the people in Biloela, where the category 2 system is heading. 

    There will still be destructive winds. Please stay in your home.

    She's confirmed the Defence Force have been asked to assist with the assessment and clean up of damage, particularly in the Yeppoon and Rockhampton areas. 

    Until now, there have been NO REPORTS OF INJURIES ... the Premier thanking emergency crews for their work. 

    Meantime, also new in the past hour or so: 

    >>> A severe weather warning has been issued for Brisbane for damaging winds and heavy rain.

    The warning predicts falls of more than 300mm of rain, flash flooding and river flooding, and 90km/h winds.

    The warning extends to Saturday.



    >>>

    >>> A 32 year old male surfer's been pulled from the water by lifeguards at Kirra, after losing consciousness in rough surf at around 3.30m.  He was transported in a serious, but stable condition to Tweet Heads Hospital.

    Throughout the day, dozens of surfers have been spotted in the swells right along the Qld coast. 

    >>>


    >>> 12 Seqwater dams are currently spilling and operational releases are being made from Somerset Dam into Wivenhoe Dam to manage inflows.

    Based on current forecasts Seqwater does not expect to have to make gate releases from Wivenhoe Dam as a result of this event but will continue to closely monitor all dam levels, rainfall and potential consequences of inflows into the dams across the region.

    >>>




    >>> At the moment, the Australia v Bangladesh World Cup match at the Gabba is scheduled to go ahead tomorrow, with the ICC saying they'll leave the decision til the last minute.

    A call will be made based on the conditions closer to the time, with the match able to be reduced down to 20 overs per side if required.

    >>> The event's been declared a 'catastrophe' by the Insurance Council..which means it's: 
    • Established a taskforce of insurers to identify and address any issues.
    • Activated its disaster hotline - 1800 734 621 – to help affected residents who are not sure which insurer they are with, or who have general inquiries about the claims process.
    • Activated its disaster team. 



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    THAT'S US!

    The news team's signing off for the night... 

    Stay high & dry, overnight... we'll be back to bring you update from 4.30am Saturday. 

    In the meantime, here's some contacts if you have any dramas overnight - 

    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)
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    MARCIA UPDATE - 6am 21 Feb 2015

    Marcia has weakened further overnight, and is now a tropical low - ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia. 


    The system is now moving at about 18 km per hour, and is set to reach Brisbane mid-morning. 

    Some six-hour rainfall totals over 200mm are possible.

    Although winds are generally easing around the system, and so damaging winds are becoming less likely, there is still the chance of some damaging gusts to about 90 km/hr near the coast.
    Here's the update from the bureau: 

    Details of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 1:00 am EST:

    Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.

    Location: within 35 kilometres of 25.1 degrees South 151.2 degrees East, estimated to be 135 kilometres south of Gladstone and 115 kilometres west of Bundaberg.

    Movement: south southeast at 18 kilometres per hour.

    Ex-tropical cyclone Marcia has continued to weaken over land overnight, and no longer maintains a tropical cyclone structure. The system is moving south-southeast over the northern Wide Bay district.

    Ex-Marcia remains capable of producing heavy rainfall, and also the possibility of a few locally damaging wind gusts, particularly over higher terrain. Hence a Severe Weather Warning has been issued to replace the Tropical Cyclone warning, combining with the pre-existing Severe Weather Warning for the Wide Bay and Burnett district south of Bundaberg, and the Southeast Coast district.

    Hazards:

    Heavy rainfall is occurring about coastal and adjacent inland areas between Bundaberg and Gympie, and this area of rainfall is expected to translate southwards with the system tonight and Saturday morning. A Flood Watch is current for the area.

    Widespread areas of gales are no longer expected. However, locally damaging winds with gusts to 90 km/h remain possible about exposed coastal and elevated areas.

    Abnormally high tides will be experienced between Bundaberg and Coolangatta with water levels expected to rise to near the highest tide of the year on the high tide. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible.

    Dangerous surf is also expected.
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    EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE MARCIA UPDATE - 7am

    We've woken up to some good news - Tropical Cyclone Marcia is no more, with the system downgraded overnight to a tropical low. 

    Here's what we know: 

    • The last update from the weather bureau was just before 2am this morning ---
    • At that time, the system had been downgraded. 
    • It was estimated to be 135 kilometres south of Gladstone and 115 kilometres west of Bundaberg.
    • As for Brisbane, this is officially 'the calm before the storm' - forecasters say we'll cop up to 100mm of rain in a couple of hours, and gusts up to 60km/h from later this morning. 
    • As at 6.45am, the rain band was almost into the Northern suburbs.
    • Two RAAF planes are on the way North to assess the damage. 
    • Troops will assist, helping residents as they begin mopping up. 
    There's a stack of ROAD CLOSURES today across the State... a heap in the Brissy area you need to be aware of. 

    Before you go anywhere check the FULL LIST, and remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT! 
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    Amongst the rain & winds from ex-#TCMarcia, a sever thunderstorm warning's been issued for SEQ. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-UXAHOIUAEcWCK.png

    Extra Police & the Army are moving into #TCMarcia damage zones - looting has started, 3 teens nabbed near a burgled bottle-o #newsfeed #live

    UPDATE FOR IPSWICH RESIDENTS - 7.45am

    The Ipswich City Council's issued an update for residents, here's what you need to know: 






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    EX-TC MARCIA UPDATE 8am





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    The weather bureau predicts this Severe Thunderstorm will hit Strathpine by 9.20am. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-UiYcDIQAAYlrm.png

    EX TC MARCIA UPDATE - 11am


    This rain smashing Brissy at the moment is thanks to ex-TC Marcia - it's the tail end of the system, which was downgraded to a tropical low overnight. 

    It's now steadily moving south, after wreaking havoc up north. 

    60,000 people are still without power, and up to 600 homes destroyed or inundated around Yeppoon and Rockhampton. 

    Locals up there are panic buying... with lines stretching hundreds of metres outside the few fuel and food shops still open. 

    Closer to home, strong winds from the tropical low whipped up a water spout off the Sunshine Coast this morning. 

    It went inland and did some damage at Moooloolaba. 


    Some pretty cool vids have started popping up online: 

    The crazy vision from the Water Spout that has hit Mooloolaba State School, courtesy of Higgins Storm Chasing.
    Click to view Facebook VideoZinc 96via Facebook at 10:12 AM

    Meantime, forecasters say we're bearing the brunt of the rain now, though some strong winds up to 125 km per hour may still come. 

    They're expecting the system to move back off the coast at Brisbane sometime this arvo... and after that, believe it or not, there'll be sunshine. 

    The worst would've officially passed. 

    The bureau says tomorrow there's only a slight chance of a shower, mostly coastal... and a top of 31. 


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    EX TC MARCIA UPDATE - midday



    Here's what's new: 

    • The leftovers of ex-TC Marcia is passing over Brisbane at the moment - flash flooding is likely, with falls up to 100 mm expected, along with gusts up to 125 km per hour. 


    • The bulk of the storm activity has now moved offshore... there is the chance of another water spout similar to what we saw in Mooloolaba earlier today. 

    • The Premier is due to fly out to Rockhampton this arvo. 
    • She's spoken with the Defence Force - they're on standby to help out wit mopping up. 350 soldiers are ready to head north from Brissy whenever they're needed, and another 350 from Townsville, as well as helicopters.
    • This morning, the AFD's been flying over the damage zones with 2x RAAF planes to assess the damage - the Premier's waiting for results/feedback from that. 
    • They're estimating up to 600 homes have been damaged or inundated. 
    Damage in Yeppoon 

    • More than 50 schools are damaged at this stage... there may be more. There will be an update at 3pm on SUNDAY to let kids know the plan for the coming week. 
    • Healthwise, the Premier says she's pleased to confirm there's been no injuries recorded. Both the Yeppoon and Rockhampton hospitals are operational. 
    • 89 per cent of Rocky is without power - the Premier saying this is now their biggest worry...generators are being brought in to power traffic lights in the major intersections in Rocky and Yeppoon. 





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    CURRENT RADAR pic from @BOM_Qld - the tail end of ex-#TCMarcia is over Brisbane at the mo. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-VT179IQAA-d3_.png

    FOUND SAFE! - TEENS SWEPT AWAY IN FLOODS

    4.30pm

    A desperate search for three teenage boys feared swept away in floodwaters on the Sunshine Coast has been called off after they were found safe and well.
       
    Police helicopters and swift-water rescue crews had been deployed to help with the effort which began after unconfirmed reports the youths may have been sucked into a creek at Beerwah early Saturday afternoon.
       
    A police spokeswoman confirmed the trio had been found without injuries and were being treated by paramedics.
       
    Witnesses reportedly alerted authorities after seeing the teenagers clinging to a tree amid floodwaters near Old Gympie Rd opposite Beerwah State School. 
       
    A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said its crews responded to reports of children playing near flood waters in the creek but none was there when they arrived.
        
    Almost three hours later they were eventually located in the same area.
       
    There has been localised flooding throughout central and southeast Queensland due to heavy rainfall from Cyclone Marcia.

    * Earlier - Emergency services are desperate to find three teenagers who were last seen hanging onto a tree in Beerwah just south of Sunshine Coast.



    The teenagers were last seen near an Old Gympie Road bridge crossing in Beerwah just after noon.

    Queensland Police are still on scene with Queensland Fire and Rescue swiftwater crews trying to locate the teens.

    It is believed the teens were swimming in dangerous flood waters when they were last seen clinging on to a tree.

    A search and rescue helicopter is also in the air and assisting with the search.


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    HAVE YOU SEEN TALITHA?



    Talitha Baker 

    Police are asking for our help to find an 18 year old woman, reported missing from Ipswich.

    Talisha Baker was meant to go back to a home in Churchill yesterday around 2pm, after previously travelling to Ipswich around 9.30am yesterday morning.

    Police and family are worries, as she has a medical condition and it's not like her to not stay in touch..

    Talitha is Caucasian, about 163cm tall with a slim build, dark brown hair and a fair complexion. She was last seen wearing a purple t-shirt with butterflies, denim shorts, black shoes and carrying a white library bag.

    Anyone with info is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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    Campbell Newman busy in political retirement, writing a memoir to 'set the record straight'. #newsfeed #live
    Insurance Council of Aust says 8950 claims have been lodged over #TCMarcia. Est insurance losses at $53.4 million. #newsfeed #live

    CCC responds after copping it for it's handling of drugs investigation linked to footy players #newsfeed #live #NRL http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-lBfWtUIAEEikt.jpg

    "any further arrests of current or former sportspeople will occur by the end of this wk or early nxt" #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-lC869VEAEOxOL.jpg

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