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Whitsunday Disaster Management Group would like to extend their thought and wishes to thepeople of Yeppoon and surrounding areas that are currently being affected by Severe TropicalCyclone Marcia.
Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and Whitsunday Regional Council MayorJenny Whitney said although the Cyclone Warning area for Marcia extended up to Bowen from4pm until 10pm last night, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advice clearly stated that this was for ‘Gales’ only.
“The BoM were extremely confident that Cyclone Marcia was going to track South (as was thecase), and a crossing as far North as Mackay was an outside scenario,” she said.
“Our Disaster Management Coordinator Scott Tellegen was in close direct contact with the Tropical Cyclone Warning centre during this time to ensure the threat to the Whitsunday region was minimal and wasn’t changing.
“This event is a timely reminder to everyone about being prepared at all times during the cycloneseason.
“The rapid intensifying of this system caught everyone by surprise, with it only being forecast as a Category 2 system this time yesterday, and now crossing the coast as a Category 5.
“Please be advised that Whitsunday Coast Airport is open and operational as normal. ShuteHarbour Transit Centre, Port of Airlie and Abell Point Marina are all open and operating ferries tothe islands as normal.
“We are keen to assure all visitors to the region that the Whitsundays has not been affected by this cyclone and we are open for business as normal.
“Again, our best wishes go to those in the areas affected by Cyclone Marcia and we hope that the damage will be minimal and everyone stays safe,” she said.
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