Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Region Braces in Marcia's Wake

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Region Braces in Marcia's Wake

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Carolyn Archer

AS THE NewsMail went to print last night the region was holding its breath after spending much of yesterday waiting to see what Tropical Cyclone Marcia would bring our way.

Rain starting falling about 4pm yesterday with the worst of the weather expected to hit the region last night and early this morning.

Residents waking up across the region today are advised to stay indoors and listen to the latest information instead of driving out into potentially dangerous conditions.

Bundaberg and North Burnett District Disaster Co-ordinator Inspector Kev Guteridge urged people to stay safe with potentially strong winds up to 140kmh, rain and high tides still to come this morning.

"There could be power losses as a result of the storms and road closures," he said.

"What we don't want are sightseers on the roads if we have emergency crews conducting emergency operations."

Insp Guteridge said the system was expected to move south by this afternoon and he urged people to reconsider any plans to travel south.

Late yesterday, Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the latest report from BOM indicated Marcia was weakening and was now heading further inland.

"We have been advised by BOM that the forecast conditions for our region, including projected wind speeds and rainfall totals, have been reduced," he said.

"However, a cyclone and severe weather warning for our region is still current and we ask residents to remain vigilant.

"Council, in conjunction with the Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group and District Disaster Management Group, will continue to monitor the situation overnight, in conjunction with BOM."

But Cr Forman said the amount of rain forecast was unlikely to cause any significant flooding in Bundaberg.

"With the 100-200 or approximately 140mm across the region and North Burnett there could be some minor flooding here in Bundaberg or a little bit of moderate flooding, but it's highly unlikely," he said.

"There's no homes affected with minor flooding or business. There may be a couple of roads cut with moderate flooding and maybe one or two businesses may get a bit at the front of their places. …

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