AS TROPICAL cyclone Debbie bears down on the North Queensland Coast, Big Rigs will keep you updated on all the changes, road closures and warnings. 

5PM: 

As the Tropical Cyclone Debbie slows and moves further inland, Big Rigs will continue to watch overnight and update our readers of further road closures at 8am Wednesday morning. 

We wish all the best to those in the path of the storm and those who are about to tackle the clean up. 

Our thoughts also go out to all our drivers on the road in the wake of the cyclone, we know Queensland will be relying your work to help rebuild and restock.  After all, without Trucks Australia Stops!

The system is forecast to move slowly southwest over the next 12 to 18 hours before curving to a more southerly track over inland Queensland. The cyclone made landfall near Airlie Beach around midday and has started weakening while moving slowly inland. The system is expected to move further inland this afternoon and evening, and the peak winds near the centre will weaken rapidly. However, heavy rainfall is expected to continue across the region for the next 12 to 24 hours, gradually contracting southwards with the system.

Now a category 3, the cyclone is estimated to be 20 kilometres west of Proserpine and 60 kilometres east northeast of Collinsville, moving southwest at 9 kilometres per hour.

Townsville is no longer included in the warning zone.    The zone does however extend from Ayr to St Lawrence, including Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.   The system is forecast to move slowly southwest over the next 12 to 18 hours before curving to a more southerly track over inland Queensland.   The cyclone made landfall near Airlie Beach around midday and has started weakening while moving slowly inland. The system is expected to move further inland this afternoon and evening, and the peak winds near the centre will weaken rapidly.   However, heavy rainfall is expected to continue across the region for the next 12 to 24 hours, gradually contracting southwards with the system.   Motorists have been asked to exercise appropriate caution, including the possibility of postponing non-essential travel.  
Drivers should be aware a dedicated hotline is operating from today to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland.     The Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) hotline number is 07-3066 5511.

Highway Updates:       

  • The Bruce Highway is closed 2km south of Proserpine due to flooding.
  • Flinders Highway, Dotswood. Debris on road - All lanes affected.
  • Bruce Highway, Thoopara and Breadalbane. Flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Bruce Highway, Proserpine - Hazard, Southbound is now CLEARED.
  • Peak Downs Highway, Eton. Debris on road - All lanes Blocked. 
  • Burnett Highway, Trotter Creek - Hazard, Unknown is now CLEARED.
  • Bruce Highway, Benaraby. Flash flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Saint Lawrence. Flash Flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 
Road Updates:       
  • Moore Park Road, Gooburrum. Flash flooding - All lanes affected.
  • Suttor Developmental Road, Nebo. - Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Airstrip Road, Nebo. - All lanes affected. 
  • Tanby Road, Hidden Valley and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Round Hill Road, Taunton. Flash flooding - All lanes affected.
  • Thompson Point Road , Nankin. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Cobraball Road, Bondoola. Flash Flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Limestone Creek Road, Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Adelaide Park Road, Yeppoon and Inverness. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Keppel Sands Road,  Tungamull and Joskeleigh - Hazard, All directions is now CLEARED.
  • Barmaryee Road, Barmaryee. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra and Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, Limesont Creek, Hazard eastbound is now cleared. 
  • Bajool Port Alma Road, Bajool, Flash flooding- all lanes Affected. 
  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.
Be sure to check the Queensland Traffic home page for real time updates.    

 

4PM: 

Cyclone Debbie, now a category 3 moves slowly inland, the centre of the system is now well over land. 

Estimated to be 45 kilometres south southeast of Bowen and 15 kilometres west northwest of Proserpine, moving southwest at 12 kilometres per hour. 

The wind gusts may still reach 205 km/h near the centre for the next hour.   Warning zones remain for Townsville to St Lawrence, including Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.  

Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding have developed around the Central Coast and Whitsundays district.   

These heavy rain areas are expected to spread further inland through central and southeastern Queensland.  

Widespread daily rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm are expected, with significantly higher totals possible locally.  

This is likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area this week, and a Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Ayr and the NSW border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.  

The SES are currently on standby, ready to assist Queensland's emergency services in the response.  

While over 822 power workers and 400 Transport and Main Roads Staff have been predeployed to be put to work when it is safe to do so.   

The Queensland Premier says the effects of the cyclone may continue be felt for the next 3-5 days.    

    Highway Updates:       

  • The Bruce Highway is closed 2km south of Proserpine due to flooding.
  • Flinders Highway, Dotswood. Debris on road - All lanes affected.
  • Bruce Highway, Thoopara and Breadalbane. Flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Bruce Highway, Proserpine - Hazard, Southbound is now CLEARED.
  • Peak Downs Highway, Eton. Debris on road - All lanes Blocked. 
  • Burnett Highway, Trotter Creek - Hazard, Unknown is now CLEARED.
  • Bruce Highway, Benaraby. Flash flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Saint Lawrence. Flash Flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates:     

  • Moore Park Road, Gooburrum. Flash flooding - All lanes affected.
  • Suttor Developmental Road, Nebo is OPEN
  • Tanby Road, Hidden Valley and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Round Hill Road, Taunton. Flash flooding - All lanes affected.
  • Thompson Point Road , Nankin. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Cobraball Road, Bondoola. Flash Flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Limestone Creek Road, Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Adelaide Park Road, Yeppoon and Inverness. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Keppel Sands Road,  Tungamull and Joskeleigh - Hazard, All directions is now CLEARED.
  • Barmaryee Road, Barmaryee. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra and Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, Limesont Creek, Hazard eastbound is now cleared. 
  • Bajool Port Alma Road, Bajool, Flash flooding- all lanes Affected. 
  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

Be sure to check the Queensland Traffic home page for real time updates.      

3PM: 

The bureau of Meteorology's latest update on severe tropical cyclone Debbie has downgraded the weather event to a category 3 cyclone.

The system is forecast to move slowly southwest over the next 12 to 18 hours before curving to a more southerly track over inland Queensland.

The cyclone made landfall near Airlie Beach around midday and has started weakening as it moves slowly inland.

The system is expected to move further inland this afternoon and evening, and the peak winds near the centre will weaken rapidly. However, heavy rain is expected to continue across the region.

As a category 3 cyclone those in its path can expect sustained winds near the centre of 155 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 220 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is estimated to be 45 kilometres southeast of Bowen and 10 kilometres northwest of Proserpine, moving southwest at 13 kilometres per hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also confirmed the Bowen radar has suffered some damage during the cyclone. 

The warning zone remains in place for Townsville to St Lawrence, including Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.

 In her latest emergency press conference Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated  'families at the moment they are getting hammered by this system.'  

While communication in the most affected areas is limited emergency services have confirmed a man has been injured by a collapsing wall in Proserpine.  

The man has been transported to hospital, however his condition is unknown at this stage.    Officials are bracing for more reports of damage and injury "if not death".   

Highway Updates:     

  • Bruce Highway, Thoopara and Breadalbane. Flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Bruce Highway, Proserpine - Hazard, Southbound is now CLEARED.
  • Peak Downs Highway, Eton. Debris on road - All lanes Blocked. 
  • Burnett Highway, Trotter Creek - Hazard, Unknown is now CLEARED.
  • Bruce Highway, Benaraby. Flash flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Saint Lawrence. Flash Flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates:     

  • Suttor Developmental Road, Nebo is OPEN
  • Tanby Road, Hidden Valley and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Round Hill Road, Taunton. Flash flooding - All lanes affected.
  • Thompson Point Road , Nankin. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Cobraball Road, Bondoola. Flash Flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Limestone Creek Road, Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Adelaide Park Road, Yeppoon and Inverness. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Keppel Sands Road,  Tungamull and Joskeleigh - Hazard, All directions is now CLEARED.
  • Barmaryee Road, Barmaryee. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra and Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, Limesont Creek, Hazard eastbound is now cleared. 
  • Bajool Port Alma Road, Bajool, Flash flooding- all lanes Affected. 
  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

Be sure to check the Queensland Traffic home page for real time updates.  

2PM: 

While the worst is yet to come for some, tropical cyclone Debbie has begun to weaken as it moves in land.

Estimated to be 45 kilometres southeast of Bowen and 15 kilometres north of Proserpine, the category 4 cyclone has sustained winds near the centre of 175 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour.

Sky News has reported cyclone Debbie to be the first category 4 system since 1970 to hit the Whitsunday/Bowen region of QLD. 

The system is forecast to move slowly southwest over the next 12 to 18 hours at a speed of 11 kilometres per hour before curving to a more southerly track over inland Queensland.

As the system moves inland, the peak winds near the centre will begin to weaken rapidly.  

The warning zone remains in place from Townsville to St Lawrence, including Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has this afternoon declared Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie a catastrophe.  ICA CEO Rob Whelan said insurers were ready to assist policyholders who suffered financial losses caused by the Category 4 cyclone.

Mr Whelan said it was too early to gauge the extent of the damage, but insurers were anticipating thousands of claims.  

Under the catastrophe declaration the ICA has:  

• Established an industry taskforce to address and identify any issues that arise  

• Activated its disaster hotline - 1800 734 621 - helping policyholders if they are uncertain which insurer they are with, or have general inquiries about the claims process  

• Mobilised ICA staff to work directly with local services and affected policyholders in the region.

Highway Updates:   

  • Peak Downs Highway, Eton. Debris on road - All lanes Blocked. 
  • Burnett Highway, Trotter Creek - Hazard, Unknown is now CLEARED.
  • Bruce Highway, Proserpine. Debris on road - All lanes affected
  • Bruce Highway, Benaraby. Flash flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Saint Lawrence. Flash Flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates:     

  • Cobraball Road, Bondoola. Flash Flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Limestone Creek Road, Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Adelaide Park Road, Yeppoon and Inverness. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Keppel Sands Road,  Tungamull and Joskeleigh - Hazard, All directions is now CLEARED.
  • Barmaryee Road, Barmaryee. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra and Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, Limesont Creek, Hazard eastbound is now cleared. 
  • Bajool Port Alma Road, Bajool, Flash flooding- all lanes Affected. 
  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

Be sure to check the Queensland Traffic home page for real time updates.

1PM: 

It's official cyclone Debbie has made landfall with the eye of the storm now crossing Airlie Beach.

Due to Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the Coastal areas between Rockhampton and Townsville (west to Emerald and Charters Towers respectively) are likely to be impacted by significantly damaging winds, rain and potential flooding.

Warnings remain in place at Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, with the zones extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.

Cyclone Debbie remains classed as a category 4, with sustained winds near the centre of 185 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 260 kilometres per hour.

 The storm is estimated to be 55 kilometres east southeast of Bowen and 20 kilometres northeast of Proserpine moving at 11 kilometres per hour southwest.    Significant wind gusts include:    - 262 km/h at Hamilton Island airport at 10:30 am.   - 159 km/h at Proserpine Airport 12:29 am   - 130 km/h at Bowen Airport at 12:33 am  

Facebook has now also activated its safety check application, allowing all Facebook users within the region to notify their friends and families that they are safe and sound. 

About 34000 people are now without power in the Bowen, Whitsunday and Mackay areas. 

Transport and Main Roads, (TMR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) have restricted movement of Oversize and Overmass, Dangerous Goods and Agricultural Vehicle operators within the cyclone affected area for the next 24 hours.

  A dedicated hotline is operating from today to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland.  

  The Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) hotline number is 07-3066 5511.

Highway Updates: 

  • Burnett Highway, Trotter Creek - Hazard, Unknown is now CLEARED.
  • Bruce Highway, Proserpine. Debris on road - All lanes affected
  • Bruce Highway, Benaraby. Flash flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Saint Lawrence. Flash Flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates:   

  • Limestone Creek Road, Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Adelaide Park Road, Yeppoon and Inverness. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Keppel Sands Road,  Tungamull and Joskeleigh - Hazard, All directions is now CLEARED.
  • Barmaryee Road, Barmaryee. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra and Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, Limesont Creek, Hazard eastbound is now cleared. 
  • Bajool Port Alma Road, Bajool, Flash flooding- all lanes Affected. 
  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

Be sure to check the Queensland Traffic home page for real time updates.   

NOON: 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie has now begun to batter the mainland coast, and continues to impact the Whitsunday Islands.

The centre of the system is beginning to make landfall on mainland coast between Bowen and Airlie Beach with wind gusts potentially to 270 km/h near the centre.

Residents from Bowen to Airlie Beach and through to Mackay are directed to shelter in place until told otherwise.

The Cyclone is still rates a category 4, with sustained winds near the centre of 185 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 260 kilometres per hour.

It is estimated to be 50 kilometres east southeast of Bowen and 30 kilometres north northeast of Proserpine. 

Movement southwest has doubled since this morning to 12 kilometers an hour. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised of water levels above that expected - while the very destructive winds continue.

Due to the unpredictable road conditions that Cyclone Debbie may generate, Transport and Main Roads, (TMR) and Queensland Police Service (QPS) have restricted heavy vehicle movement.

  Specifically the movement of Oversize and Overmass, Dangerous Goods and Agricultural Vehicle operators within the cyclone affected area for the next 24 hours.

  Operators can apply for heavy vehicle emergency permits that cannot be provided through normal processes in affected regions, or when special access is required in cases of emergency or great need.  

This restriction will be reassessed as needed.  

If you have any travel in Queensland planned for this week, please check the road conditions first at 131940.qld.gov.au   Authorities are warning people in the 600km danger zone of a long day ahead, with Debbie's wide and slow moving core of destructive winds expected to take many hours to pass.  

A dedicated hotline is operating from today to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland.  

The Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) hotline number is 07-3066 5511.

 

Highway Updates: 

  • Bruce Highway, Benaraby. Flash flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Saint Lawrence. Flash Flooding. 
  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates: 

  • Barmaryee Road, Barmaryee. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra and Adelaide Park. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected. 
  • Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, Limesont Creek, Hazard eastbound is now cleared. 
  • Bajool Port Alma Road, Bajool, Flash flooding- all lanes Affected. 
  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

Be sure to check the Queensland Traffic home page for real time updates. 

11AM: 

Eye wall of severe tropical cyclone Debbie is impacting the Whitsunday Islands and mainland coast.

The centre of the storm is estimated to be 65 kilometres east of Bowen and 35 kilometres north northwest of Hamilton Island, moving southwest now at 9 kilometres per hour. 

Severe tropical cyclone Debbie is currently a category 4 cyclone.

Cyclone Debbie will however be considered a category 5 storm if wind gusts exceed 280 kilometres per hour - currently the strongest reported wind gusts have been measured at 263 kilometres per hour on Hamilton Island. 

The system is still forecast to move slowly west-southwest and make landfall on the mainland between Bowen and Airlie Beach.

Townsville Hospital and Health Services have notified all staff in essential services have been authorised by Queensland Police to travel to work where it is safe to do so. 

The Australian Trucking Association has also urged all drivers to stay safe on the roads in North Queensland. 

In an interview with Channel 7 this morning Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the eye of the cyclone isn't expect to hit landfall until noon. 

"This is going to extend into the afternoon and to the early hours of this evening. The worst thing that people can do is be lulled into a false sense of security when the eye passes over and think 'I can see a blue sky now, it's over I can go out and get on with my business'," the Premier said.

"Everyone must remain in place. This is for people's safety, this is the advice of the experts, they're telling me this and I need all families in this area to listen to the expert advice," she said. 

Warning zones include  Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.  

Highway Updates: 

  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates: 

  • Marlbrough Sarina Road, Nebo and Oxford, Blue Mountain, Lotus creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Farnborough Road, Farnboroigh. Adverse driving conditions - All lane affected. 
  • Sleipner Road, Nankin and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Botos Road, Tungamull and Mount Chalmers. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Mount Chalmers Road, Mount Chalmers and Cawarral. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

 

 

10AM: 

The eye wall of Tropical Cyclone Debbie is currently crossing the Whitsunday Islands.

At this stage there have been no reports of injury, the island doe we have power and telephone communications. 

The wind conditions should begin to steadily reduce over the next 4 hours in the Hamilton Island area however may re-intensify once the eye of the storm has passed.   

Officials are warning residents not to go outside despite the weather appearing calm, due to the eye of the cyclone.   

Hamilton Island Optus phone towers are out on the island and mainland, however the Island will continue to be powered via generators.   

Telstra signal in the area still strong.   

The cyclone is now 75 kilometers east northeast of Bowen and 50 kilometres north of Hamilton Island.     

The intensity remains at category 4, sustained winds near the center of 175 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour.     

The system is still forecast to move slowly west-southwest and make landfall on the mainland between about Cape Upstart and Airlie Beach early this afternoon.  

Wind gusts of 232km per hour were recorded at Hamilton Island airport at 9:30 this morning. 

Warning zones include  Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.  

Highway Updates: 

  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

Road Updates: 

  • Dairy Inn Road,  Cawarral. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected
  • Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure Tambo Road), Nandowrie and Windeyer. Flash flooding - No blockage.
  • Whites Road, Bondoola. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Coorooman Creek Road, Coorooman. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic.
  • Byfield Road, Woodbury and Maryvale. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Saint Lawrence Croydon Road, Lotus Creek. Flash flooding - Road closed to all traffic. 
  • Smith Street, Barlows Hill and Yeppoon. Adverse driving conditions - All lanes affected.
  • Pyms Road, Hampden. Debris on road - Lane or lanes reduced.

 

9AM: 

Cyclone Debbie is now within 85 kilometers east northeast of Bowen and 60 kilometres north of Hamilton Island.   

The intensity remains at category 4, sustained winds near the center of 175 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour.   

Wind gusts of nearly 200km/h at Hamilton Island airport earlier this morning.

Warning zones include  Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.  

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned those in the path of the cyclone to stay calm and remain in a secure shelter above the expected water level,  while the destructive winds continue.  

The warning zone has now extended to Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.

For the latest detailed warnings head directly to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Highway Updates: 

  • Bruce Highway, Hampden - Lanes have been reduced Southbound towards Mount Pleasant due to a fallen tree. 
  • Bruce Highway, Mount Ossa - Lane or lanes are blocked Northbound towards Calen, due to a fallen tree 1.5 kilometres south of Mount Ossa. 

The following roads remain closed: 

  • Sarina Homebush Road, Sarina  - Road closed to all traffic due to flash flooding.
  • May Downs Road, May Downs - Road closed to all traffic due to long term flooding. 
  • Landing Road, Koumala - Road closed to all traffic due to long- term flooding. 
  • Marani Eton Road, Brightly- Closed between Cut Creek and Sandy Creeks. 
  • Caping Road - Bloomsbury - Road closed to all traffic due to long term flooding. 
  • Batheaston Isaac River Road, May Downs - Road closed to all traffic due to long term flooding. 
  • St Lawrence Croydon Road, Saint Lawrence -Roads closed to all traffic due to long term flooding. 
  • Stockyard Road, Stockyard - Road closed to all traffic due to long term flooding. 
  • Apis Creek Road, Balcomba/Duaringa - Road closed to all traffic due to long term flooding. 
  • Doonside Road, Canal Creek - Road closed to all traffic due to flash flooding. 

 

8AM: The cyclone is currently positioned 95 kilometres east north east of Bowen and 65 kilometres north North east of Hamilton Island.   

Moving west at 6 kilometres an hour the storm is already beginning to impact pasts of the Whitsunday Islands and is forecast to make landfall between Ayr and Midge Point late this morning towards midday.

Debbie is currently listed as a category 4 cyclone with sustained winds near the centre of 175 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 250 kilometres per hour.   

The Bureau of Meteorology has described the core of the cyclone as "very destructive" with wind gusts potentially to 260 km/h near the centre.   Wind on Hamilton Island is currently at 196 kilometres per hour.   

In her most recent interview on Studio 10 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called for families to remain safe and in the secure part of their homes.   

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody today," the Premier said.

Warnings have been issued for Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.  

Residents between Ayr and St Lawrence are specifically warned of the dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast.   

Drivers have been asked to exercise appropriate caution, including the possibility of postponing non-essential travel.  

The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level which will be significantly above the normal tide, with damaging waves, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland.   

Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding have developed around the Central Coast and Whitsundays district and are expected to spread to other parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas today.   

Flash flooding has already closed the following roads: 

  • Sarina Homebush Road, Sarina 
  • Dawson Developmental Road, Tambo/Windeyer
  • May Downs Road, May Downs
  • Marini Eton Road, Brightly
  • Landing Road, Koumala
  • Bungundarra Road, Bungundarra
  • Batheaston Isaac River Road, May Downs   

No main highway closures have been listed at this stage however we will keep our readers updated.               

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