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  • 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
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  • FROZEN BERRY HEALTH UPDATE


    The number of people contracting Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries is expected to grow.

    Nine people have been diagnosed so far, but the incubation period (2-7 weeks) mean more cases could appear in the coming days. 4 are in Queensland, 2 in New South Wales, and 3 in Victoria.

    The symptoms include fever, yellowing skin and eyes, stomach pain, and dark coloured urine. Anyone who has these symptoms is urged to check in with their GP.

    The company that packs the overseas grown berries in Australia has announced a voluntary recall. Patties CEO Steven Chaur says "We have decided that all our frozen Mixed Berries should be recalled until such time as we receive the results of further laboratory tests," Chaur said. "The recall is an important step to ensure public safety and confidence.


    Hepatitis A is a viral disease which mainly affects liver function. It is spread by oral contact with foods, drinks or other objects that have been contaminated by the fecal matter of a person infected with the virus. 

    The symptoms include fever, nausea, yellowing skin and eyes, stomach pain and dark urine. Anyone experiencing these symptoms has been urged to see a doctor.

    Lawyers meantime suggest people don't actually throw out their frozen berries. It's suggested that they may be used as evidence in a potential court case.




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  • Spice factory fire at Virginia on Pritchard Rd. Fire Crews ventilating area #newsfeed #live
  • FORD RECALLS ALMOST 18,000 VEHICLES




    Drive a newish Falcon ute, sedan or Territory SUV?

    Here's the recall notice that's come through overnight affecting owners of those models less than 18 months old:


    Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited—Ford Falcon and TerritoryPRA number: 2015/14560
    Date published: 16th February 2015Product information

    Product description

    Certain FGII Falcon Sedan/Utility and SZ Territory vehicles built from November 12, 2013 through October 13, 2014.

    Identifying features

    Campaign number: S1412
    Target number: 17,875

    What are the defects?

    On some vehicles there is potential for the ignition switch electrical connector to disengage.

    What are the hazards?

    If the connector disengages while driving, the engine will stall, electrical functions will be lost, and the vehicle will be unable to be re-started. This poses a potential accident hazard to the driver and other road users.

    Where the product was sold

    • Nationally

    Traders who sold this product

    Authorised Ford Dealers

    Supplier

    Ford Motor Company of Australia LimitedWhat should consumers do?Ford will write to owners of all affected vehicles. Until the Safety Recall Service is completed it is recommended that the Steering Column "Tilt" or "Reach" positions are not adjusted as this may reduce the engagement of the electrical connector. Owners are advised to contact their Ford authorised Dealership for inspection and rectification.

    For further information, contact any authorised Ford Dealer or Ford's Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 67

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  • BRISBANE MEGA MANSION UP FOR GRABS

    Got a spare $10 million?

    One of the fanciest homes in Brisbane is up for sale, with some pretty high profile neighbours.

    'Balaam' is one of only two properties that are on the riverfront at Hamilton. The other is owned by gymwear superstar Lorna Jane Clarkson.

    While there's no official price tag for Balaam, you can expect it to go for megabucks, given Lorna paid $10.3 million for her place back in 2010.

    Agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm says the mansion has 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, and more than 48 metres of river frontage. “The home itself is a
    meticulously designed 1,034 square palatial family residence set across the
    1,609 square block,

    CHECK OUT THE GALLERY:

     
     

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  • ANOTHER frozen berry product recalled: Nanna's 1kg Raspberries added to Hepatitis A scare.
    #newsfeed
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  • Liverpool FC's Robbie Fowler & Bris Roar captain Matt McKay at Suncorp. Tickets 4 July clash on sale! #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-AnNH-CYAIG3IH.jpg

  • Brolly timet! @BOM_Qld says rain hitting Sunny Coast, arriving here by Friday. Big surf too! #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-A5EQlCUAEKiOS.jpg

  • Plan to transfer Bali 9 pair tomorrow's postponed by Indon AG although it's believed the date of executions hasn't changed. #newsfeed #live
  • ANZAC SQUARE RENO 90 PER CENT DONE



    Restoration work on Anzac Square in the CBD is almost complete just in time for this year's Anzac Centenary.
    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the $13.4 million major refurbishment, which includes replacing the concrete slabs that support the memorial and fixing up the pedestrian tunnel, is pretty much done.
    This has been the most significant restorations for this to be undertaken in its 84 years, we are now 90 per cent through restoration works, with final works to be completed prior to the Anzac Centenary in April.

    A third stage will include the redevelopment and upgrade of the office and workspace as an education and commemoration centre on two levels which will be integrated with the Crypt, the Shrine of Memories and the pedestrian tunnel. 
    In addition to the $2.2 million allocated to the Anzac Square project, Council has budgeted $915,000 for ongoing works to Brisbane war memorials in 2013/14.    

    The Queensland Government is contributing $11.2 million to the project with a further $2.2 million coming from Brisbane City Council who'll manage the restoration.
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  • RT @SESBrisbane: With severe weather expected in Bris later this week, BCC & Bris City SES have... fb.me/4N3UYFOZe #newsfeed #live
  • Latest from @BOM_Qld on wild weather tipped to head our way Don't say we didn't warn ya! #newsfeed #live #bneweather http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-BjFW5CMAAu1JU.jpg

  • Takeaway store on Gympie Rd, Aspley's allegedly been the home of a drug dealing op. 10 people face 280 drug-related charges #newsfeed #live
  • They told us numbers would rise..another Queenslander's contracted Hep A after eating frozen berries #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-BnjuhCAAE2b2V.jpg

  • Watch where you park your car with a high tide warning on Thursday & Friday for Brissie. #newsfeed #live #bneweather http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-Bvv_DCQAAug8A.jpg

  • Recognise this guy? Police want to speak to him after fast food shop robbery @ #Strathpine last night #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-EPhUvCAAAHxcl.jpg

  • BRISBANE - OFFICIALLY PRETTY


    Brisbane has been voted as the most beautiful city in Australia (!).

    Travel guide company Rough Guides took votes for its poll via Twitter and Facebook, and found Brissie was ranked 8th in the world, beating Sydney in 13th position.




    Italy took out the top two spots though, Rome coming first and Florence second. Paris came third.

    Brisbane beat the likes of Kyoto and Seville, and Rough Guide is actually a little surprised by its ranking. But, the website's listed a few reasons why it made the cut: "winning combination of high-rise modern architecture, lush green spaces and the enormous Brisbane River that snakes its way through the centre before emptying itself into the azure Moreton Bay," 


    #Brisbane #BrisbaneAnyDay #Queensland #ThisIsQueensland #Australia #SeeAustralia
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    This afternoon on the balcony
    #balcony #bandw #afternoondrinks #brisbane #brisbanecity #queensland #iphoneonly
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    This evening after the movie
    #southbank #bandw #brisbane #brisbanecity #queensland #iphoneonly #igbrisbane
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    Another early morning start #brisbane #earlymorning #citylights #beautiful
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  • Brissie can expect up to 300mm of rain, extra high tides expected from Thurs.50% chance tropical low will turn into cyclone. #newsfeed#live
  • TEXT WALKING- THE NEW SAFETY RISK

    Researchers say there's an emerging danger on our roads- pedestrians on smartphones.  

    A QUT study's found nearly a third of people have had a near miss with a car, truck or bus because they're looking down at their phone whilst walking. 

    The preliminary study found:

    -1 in 5 people admitted to texting at least once a day while crossing the road.

    -1 in 5 say they also make or answer a phone call while crossing the road.

    They want more people to join the research - http://www.carrsq.qut.edu.au/distraction/index.jsp

    Distracted? Source: Getty 









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  • Thanks to Aust Post you can soon lick your Neighbours. Harold & co will be on a stamp avail Feb 24. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-FcqgdCEAESCSu.jpg

  • ROUGH LANDING AT ARCHEFIELD

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




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  • .@BOM_Qld's predicting a tropical cyclone will cross Gladstone at around 4am on Friday. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-Fzo9MCYAA3GC0.jpg

  • .@QldFES on #qldweather "have a plan & make sure all your family know what that plan is" #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-GJbg_CAAAOXSH.jpg

  • .@_seqwater says at the mo it's NOT releasing water from dams but good idea to register for updates. #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-GO9vOCQAAFDKw.jpg

  • .@AnnastaciaMP "Our message to Queenslanders is start getting ready now" #qldweather #newsfeed #live
  • Parking across Brissie temporarily suspended in THESE areas because of #bneweather - #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-HGooCCIAAGUff.jpg

  • Latest Severe #Weather Warning from @BOM_Qld. TC Marcia on her way, bringing a stack of rain: #newsfeed #live http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-JwEetCIAAtgWo.png

  • RAINMAGEDDON- COMING SOON!

    B105's Stav has been inspired by the #BigWet to create this bit of movie trailer magic!


    by Natasha Jobson

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  • .@AnnastaciaMP "the agencies are fully prepared...we are ready" #newsfeed #live #BigWet
  • .@AnnastaciaMP "wind gusts could be up to 150km/hr so it's going to be a significant weather event" #newsfeed #live #BigWet
  • .@AnnastaciaMP "take care along the coast, we expect a lot of rainfall" #newsfeed #live #BigWet #CycloneMarcia
  • #TCMarcia expected to keep moving and the weather's tipped to clear up over the weekend. #BigWet #newsfeed #live
  • "90km/hr winds will mean potentially projectile items if people don't have items tied down" Lord Mayor Quirk #newsfeed #live #BigWet
  • SANDBAGS ANYONE?

    UPDATE 5.45pm: 

    The Lord Mayor's confirmed around 70,000 sandbags have been distributed across Queensland today, with workers producing them at around 4,000 an hour. 

    To give you an idea, here's a vid from the Cleveland SES: 
    Cleveland SES sand bag distribution
    by RedlandCityCouncil via YouTube

    UPDATE 2.45pm: 

    The Brisbane City Council's added another location for sandbags... you can now ALSO collect what you need at Lota:


    But the Council is AGAIN asking that you only take WHAT YOU NEED.... 


    Meantime, for anyone in the Logan City Council area, the pickup locations are: 

    • 26-36 Winnetts Road, Daisy Hill
    • 1464 Waterford-Tamborine Road, Logan Village
    • 3812-3818 Mount Lindsay Highway, Park Ridge 
    While in Ipswich:

    • Limestone Park – car park next to netball courts
    • Goodna SES Group HQ – 120 Willow Road, Redbank Plains
    • Rosewood SES Unit – 14 Rosewood-Warrill Road, Rosewood

    And the Moreton Bay Regional Council catchment has a fair few spots too: 
    • Arana Hills SES - 2 Pine Hills Drive, off Jinker Track
    • Beachmere - Rogers Street Sports Ground 
    • Bribie Island SES - 208-224 First Avenue
    • Narangba - Oakey Flat Road (between Raynbird Road roundabout and Sovereign Drive roundabout)
    • Caboolture Council Depot - corner of Commercial Drive & Machinery Parade 
    • Deception Bay Council Depot carpark - Old Bay Road 
    • Elimbah - Coronation Drive (opposite the church in the median strip) 
    • Petrie SES - 3 Woonara Drive 
    • Redcliffe - Cnr Portwood Street and Lamington Drive (opposite Redcliffe Showgrounds) 
    • Woodford Council Depot - Mary Street 
    • Woodford Memorial Hall (rear car park)
    If you're in the Redlands, the SES have the supply... you can make a request by calling 132 500. 


    UPDATE 1.45pm 

    The Lord Mayor  says more than 30,000 sandbags have been distributed to residents around the city today, in preparation for the high tides and heavy rainfall to come.
     

    Graham Quirk says hundreds of cars and utes have been stocked up with the bags from the 4 Council depots (details below), with the average person collecting 200 at a time. 

    He's urging people to "take what you need, but please don't overtake". 

    The Council website has all the info you need here ... including a vid about how to actually use the bags 

    At the moment, there's 4 depots set up where you can collect bags FOR FREE... here's where you'll find them:






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  • 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. 




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  • 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?

    Remember if you need help from the SES call 132500.

    If it's a life threatening emergency ring 000.
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  • 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. 




    by Brisbane News Team edited by Natasha Jobson 2/19/2015 8:21:10 AM
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  • Here's how #TCMarcia is expected to track ahead of hitting our coast between 7-8am. #bigwet #newsfeed #live #Cyclone http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-M4KBVCQAA9nmT.jpg

  • 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)














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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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