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Bowen and Proserpine Cyclone Shelters now open – Red, Orange and Yellow Zones (from Dingo Beach north to Cape Upstart including Bowen) evacuate today
Due to the forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology of Cyclone Debbie:
Red Zone – You are directed to evacuate your propertyOrange Zone – You are directed to evacuate your propertyYellow Zone – Dingo Beach north to Cape Upstart including Bowen, you are directed to leave your propertyYellow Zone – South of Dingo Beach, including Airlie Beach and surrounds, voluntary evacuations are recommended today, evacuate if directed
Significant storm tide is expected across the Whitsunday Council Region due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossing the Queensland Coast.
Across the Whitsunday Council Region, Storm Tide is expected to effect and inundate the Red, Orange and Yellow (from Dingo Beach north to Cape Upstart including Bowen) Zones. A directed evacuation has been ordered for these Zones.
If your property is located in the Red, Orange and Yellow (from Dingo Beach north to Cape Upstart including Bowen) Zones, you should finalise your cyclone preparations and packing of your evacuation kit and evacuate the Whitsunday Council Region and Cyclone Warning area as soon as possible.
Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the Bowen Proserpine Cyclone Shelters will be open as a last resort for evacuees at 10am today.
“The cyclone shelters have capacity for 800 people each and are only available to those people at highest risk from cyclone effects that have no other option,” he said.
“It should be remembered that a Public Cyclone Shelter is intended as a short term shelter option with very basic amenities and facilities. You will be much more comfortable out of the cyclone warning area entirely or seeking shelter with friends or family in the White or Blue Zones,”
“Leaving evacuation until the last minute may mean evacuation routes are flooded and residents may not be able to leave the area,” he said.
Conditions on the roads are very dangerous and there has already been a fatal traffic crash on Shute Harbour Road this morning.
For all the latest up to date information, follow the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/WhitsundayDisasterandEmergencyInformation/
Evacuation (Storm Tide) Maps and video can be viewed here - http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/522/Evacuation-Storm-Tide