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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management GroupJenny Whitney said the affects of Cyclone Ita are currently being felt in Airlie Beach andProserpine.
Mayor Whitney said Bowen has experienced up to 180mm rain since 9am and numerous localroads are closed.
“The Bruce highway is closed at Merinda and also 6 kilometres south of Bowen,” Mayor Whitneysaid.
“This is a reminder to everyone in the Whitsunday region to stay off the roads if possible.
“Many roads are closed without signage, as it has been unsafe for authorities to erect signage as the cyclone is impacting,” she said.
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“The Don River has reached minor flood warning levels and is continuing to rise.
“Very heavy rainfall has been recorded in the Don River catchment and rises above minor floodlevels are expected.
Emergency Action Guides (EAG) are available on Council’s website, or in our customer servicecentres, the storm tide inundation mapping zones shown in the EAG are an indication only forstorm tides.
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