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CLEAN UP:

THE Gladstone SES group have six more jobs to do and their Cyclone Marcia clean up is done.

Acting group leader Rob De Floria said he had called his three crews in for lunch and then they would complete the last six jobs.

"We are on track to finish everything today," he said.

"It has been a long two days. Most of us haven't had too much sleep and we are looking forward to when it is all over."

Mr De Floria thanked the Gladstone community for their help sand bagging and bringing his volunteers food.

 

MORNING UPDATE:

THE storm may have passed but the danger hasn't, Mayor Gail Sellers says.

The Mayor is asking residents to spend one more day at home while SES crews and emergency services clean up after Cyclone Marcia.

"There is a lot of debris around, water across roads, trees down in outlying areas and some places have no power," she said.

"There has been plenty of talk of people going down to the Awoogna Dam to watch the water spill over but it is not safe to do that."

Gladstone Water Board CEO Jim Grayson, said they expected the dam levels to keep rising.

"The dam is about 41.2 metres and there is fast moving water, so people should take care," he said.

"It's not 2013 where we had 8.4m going over the spillway, but it can still be dangerous."

Cr Sellers also asked residents who had missed out on their bin collection yesterday to put their bins on the kerb today.

 

WEATHER:

Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been downgraded to a tropical low.

At 5.30am on Saturday the centre of the ex-tropical cyclone was near Murgon, travelling to the south south-east at 20 km/h.

The Bureau of Meteorology reports an area of very heavy rainfall extends around the southern side of the system, currently over the southern parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett district, and over parts of the Sunshine Coast and hinterland.

 

Three hour rainfall totals of up to 100mm have been observed earlier this morning within the rain area, and are possible over the warning area as the low continues to move southwards.

A severe weather warning is in place for the South-East Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett forecast districts.

A flood watch remains in place for the Capricornia district, with catchments at risk including the Dawson, Calliope, Boyne and Baffle rivers and creeks.

FILE PHOTO: Taken after in Gladstone after Cyclone Marcia passed through the region.
FILE PHOTO: Taken after in Gladstone after Cyclone Marcia passed through the region. Rowan Hunnam

Gladstone Airport received 51mm of rain between 9am on Thursday and 7am on Saturday, with 76mm at Benaraby, 50mm at Awoonga and 43mm at Miriam Vale.

The forecast for today is for a partly cloudy day with a top of 33 degrees.

 

AWOONGA DAM:

Awoonga Dam was at 107% capacity at 2am on Saturday, at a height of 40.86m.

Late last night it was 300mm above the spillway, at a height that triggers flooding of Pikes Crossing.

 

POWER OUTAGES:

Ergon Energy crews are assessing the damage to the network caused by Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

More than 50,000 customers in central Queensland had their power supply interrupted as a result of the gales associated with the cyclone, which has tonight impacted on power supplies in the Biloela depot area even after being downgraded.

Crews will be cleaning up around Gladstone on Saturday morning after Cyclone Marcia.
Crews will be cleaning up around Gladstone on Saturday morning after Cyclone Marcia. Rowan Hunnam

This morning, there were still 2600 customers in Gladstone without power.

Conditions improved quicker than expected in the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast regions, enabling crews to begin assessing the extent of the damage and making safe some of the many reported instances of downed power lines.

 

ROAD CLOSURES:

There are still plenty of roads across the Gladstone Regional Council area that are closed.

You can check out a full list here.

Topics:  cyclone marcia, flooding, gladstone, wildweather




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