FLOOD WARNING: 300mm deluge may "isolate" parts of Gladstone
The Gladstone Regional Council has issued a flood warning for the Gladstone region on Facebook.
The post, made an hour ago, reads that with the incoming heavy rainfall that the region is expecting, some of the region's river catchments could flood.
"...There is a significant amount of rainfall forecast for the region over the coming days, possibly in excess of 300mm," the post reads.
"Major river flooding may also develop over a broad area and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cairns and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments.
"Although the Bureau of Meteorology has only issued a Flood Watch relevant to our area for the Calliope River, given that our water catchments are already charged from recent rainfall, it is possible that there could be areas of flooding and isolation, particularly in the Baffle Creek Catchment."
According to the BOM, heavy rain has the potential to cause flash flooding along the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas.
This is expected to occur late on Sunday and continue through Monday and Tuesday.
New radar images from BoM show Cyclone Debbie will "most likely" make landfall between Ayr and Townville.
But BoM has widened the area the cyclone could hit over the next three days to include a massive area that extends as far south as Mackay to Mission Beach in the north.
BoM believe the cyclone will further intensify into a Category 4 before making landfall on Tuesday morning.
The council has advised residents to:
Replenish your medicines and provisions.
Motorists remember, if it's flooded, forget it.
If you do have to travel, have a plan B, including finding alternative routes in case roads are flooded.
Heed warnings and avoid unnecessary travel in the event of heavy rainfall or flooding.
Weather and road conditions can change rapidly. It is important to pay close attention to weather reports and local conditions to stay informed.
Stay up to date with current conditions by visiting www.bom.gov.au, www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au and www.gladstone.qld.gov.au
For storm and flood assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).