February 20, 2015

Un-easy calm as weakening Marcia heads for Gold Coast


Although rain has eased across the Gold Coast this evening, conditions are expected to deteriorate again during Saturday as a weakening Marcia moves into southeast Queensland.
Cyclone Marcia Track map and Forecast Wind
as at 7pm, Friday 20 February 2015

Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which made landfall as a Category 5 cyclone at Shoalwater Bay has left a trail of destruction over Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

At time of posting, Marcia has weakened to a category 1 cyclone, and is expected to weaken below cyclone strength tonight.

The trough - which is what actually brought the rain to the Gold Coast today - has moved south of the border resulting in the temporary easing of wet conditions across the region this evening.

The approach of what will be ex-cyclone Marcia on Saturday will bring severe weather conditions producing heavy rain and locally damaging winds gusts along with abnormally high tides and dangerous surf. A Severe Weather Warning remains in effect along with a Flood Watch for possible riverine flooding
The main rainfall areas at this stage is expected to be near coastal areas again with some possible 24 hour rainfall totals during Saturday in excess of 300mm. Damaging wind gusts may reach around 90 km/hr, mostly near the coast and ranges.

Saturday's Forecast Rainfall

The City of Gold Coast Local Disaster Management Group is tracking the progress of the severe weather, and engineers are regularly updating flood modelling based on the latest Bureau of Meteorology data. Modelling shows some minor localised flooding in parts of the city but no threat of major flooding.

Little Nerang Dam is the only local dam spilling but this is not expected to cause major impact. Other City dams including Biggera, Loder and Tallebudgera are below emergency trigger levels.

The highest rainfall across the coast so far today (since 9am to 7pm) includes 131mm at Upper Springbrook, 73mm at Neranwood and 63mm at Pacific Pines.

Rainfall since 9am (to 7pm)
Friday 20 February 2015

Engineers are also closely monitoring the possibility of storm surge. There has been no major erosion or scarping along Gold Coast beaches. A stockpile of sand and heavy equipment is on standby to assist with replenishment if necessary.

The SES has received 84 jobs today with 13 completed. Volunteers were providing sandbags from outside the State Emergency Service depot at Southport again today.

All Gold Coast beaches are closed and are unlikely to open again until at least Sunday due to continuing dangerous surf conditions. Some facilities including City pools and waste facilities are closed due to safety concerns as a result of the severe weather.

BE PREPARED, NOT SCARED

If you do need assistance, here are some essential contact numbers
  • For any life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000)
  • For assistance with flooding or storm emergencies, call the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500
  • For emergencies such as powerlines down, call Energex on 13 19 62
  • For loss of power supply, call Energex on 13 62 62
  • For issues with your water or sewerage service, call City of Gold Coast on 1300 000 928
  • For issues with local roads, stormwater or parks, call City of Gold Coast on 1300 465 326
  • For road closure information, call 13 19 40
  • For information and assistance about the event, call the City Disaster Hotline on 1800 606 000.

Residents needing information on road closures should visit qldalert.com.

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