Mayor Karen Williams is asking island residents to prepare for damaging winds over the next 12 hours as the city continues to feel the tail end of Cyclone Debbie.
We will see, according to BoM’s latest Severe Weather warning, gales over waters south of Double Island Point through this afternoon, Friday and Saturday morning with dangerous surf conditions about the south coast south of Sandy Cape including Moreton Bay.
The Bureau is saying we should expect winds offshore over Bay Islands and Gold Coast waters to increase to storm force intensity during Friday as the system moves offshore.
It’s likely we will see, later tonight and potentially later this afternoon wind gusts of about to 100km/h.
The latest has Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie located just south of Rolleston.
The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards before tracking over southeast Queensland this afternoon and authorities warn that’s when things will get worse for us.
We should prepare they say for heavy falls of rain and strong to gale force winds Thursday afternoon and evening.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is expected to move off the far Southeast Coast some time Friday morning.
A snap Shot of Our Town today:
The 3.25 pm Ferry to Stradbroke Island will run and the 3.55 return to Toondah Harbour service will also run this afternoon but services will then be re-assessed by operators at that time.
Council offices and libraries as well as IndigiScapes will be closed this afternoon. The Emergency Council Call Centre remains operational but Council warns residents may experience some issues trying to call Council due to a fault at an Optus Tower at Redland Bay Road & Benfer Road, Victoria Point.
Optus are trying to resolve the issue as fast as possible and we will advise when this is resolved.
A Digital Marketing Workshop due to be held at the Alexandra Hills Hotel tonight has been cancelled.
All schools are closed- including Catholic and independent schools, and police are warning businesses “should think about closing after midday”.
All children who are already in school will be taken care of throughout the day, but parents are asked to pick their children as soon as possible.
Hundreds of people have already bagged up sand…Four truck loads of sand had been delivered to site at the Cleveland showground since 7.30 am today and workers at the Cleveland site say much has already gone with stocks being replenished as needed.
Self-service sandbag stations are located at:
• Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
• Council staff will be onsite to assist
North Stradbroke Island
• Outside the depot compound on Mitchell Road, Dunwich
• Outside the depot compound on High Central Road
• Davidson Road Gravel Pit
Please note: enclosed shoes must be worn at all sandbag stations
Some roads in Redlands are already subject to flooding during heavy rainfall.
Spots to watch include:
• Bath Street, Birkdale – along the foreshore area
• Collingwood Road, Birkdale – near intersection with Spoonbill Street (impacts the access to St Mary McKillop, Wellington Point High School and Redlands College)
• Mary Street, Birkdale – at the intersection of the creek adjacent to Birkdale State School
• Capalaba Greyhound Racetrack – where Old Cleveland Road enters Redland City
• Cnr Russell and Smith Streets, Cleveland – on the school side of the roundabout
• Island Street, Cleveland – where it intersects Ross Creek
• Shore Street, Cleveland – near the Black Swamp
• Wellington Street, Cleveland – near the culvert, south of Long Street
• Mount Cotton Road, Mt Cotton – just south of Woodlands Drive
• Sturgeon Street, Ormiston – softball field overflow car park between roundabouts at Delancey Street and Northern Arterial Road. Water in this area does not impact vehicles on the road
• Hamilton Street, Redland Bay – where it crosses the creek just south of the Pitt Street intersection
• Pitt Street, Redland Bay – where it crosses the creek just south of the intersection with Hamilton Street (restricts access north to Redland Bay township)
• School of Arts Road, Redland Bay – east of Donald Road. The lakes of Fielding Park do not drain quickly enough into Weinam Creek during heavy rain causing School of Arts Road to be cut
• Serpentine Creek Road, Redland Bay – north of intersection roundabout with Oakland Avenue and Azure Avenue
• Torquay Road, Redland Bay – at the eastern end of the road along the waterfront
• Avalon Road, Sheldon – near the bridge in front of 288 Avalon Road towards the Front Road end
• Railway Parade, Ferry Road and Esplanade, Thorneside – along the railway and waterfront
• Ricketts Road, Thorneside – on the Brisbane City side of Tingalpa Creek, just north of the bridge which impacts traffic access into and out of Redland City
• Clifford Perske Drive, Thornlands – north of Desen Street to mid-way along Kriskyle Place
• George Thorn Drive, Thornlands – on the northern side of the road
• South Street, Thornlands – where the creek intersects the road to the east of the Cleveland Special School
• Thornlands Road, Thornlands – east of Primrose Drive
• Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point – opposite the foreshore in front of house number 25
• Anson Road, Wellington Point – at the intersection with Birkdale Road. Flooding here causes the traffic lights at this intersection to flash amber which causes further traffic issues as Anson Road provides the only access to Redlands College and access to the rear car park and hall for Wellington Point High School
• Birkdale Road, Wellington Point – opposite the Redlands Sporting Club. During a flood, this would cut access to Wellington Point High School from Wellington Point to the east
• Jacob Street, Wellington Point – opposite Fernbourne Road
• Nelson Street, Wellington Point – at the intersection with Pitt Road and Tulloch Drive
• Pitt Road – just north of the intersection with Nelson Road and Tulloch Drive
• Sturgeon Street, Wellington Point – east of Starkey Street. Impacts are to the Hilliards Creek pedestrian walkway only, does not impact vehicles on the road
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At this stage, there are no reported power outages in Redland city, but over 3,600 homes in SEQ are without power this afternoon.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says the worst is yet to come for us and the message is quite clear- Get home and stay home.