Disaster centre opened ahead of cyclone

GLADSTONE Regional Council has established a disaster co-ordination centre in anticipation of the severe weather heading our way.

Mayor and local disaster management group chairwoman Gail Sellers said people should prepare for "emergency conditions".

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"Residents and visitors are urged to prepare for heavy rainfall and destructive gales throughout the day (Thursday), particularly the southern areas of the region," Cr Gail Sellers said.

"Rainfall of 300mm or more is predicted for areas of the region south of Gladstone city (today) and Friday and more than 100mm for areas north of the city.

"Similar totals will be experienced in inland areas of the region."

Sandbags and sand are available to those in vulnerable areas at the Baffle Creek SES Grounds or State Emergency Services stations.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said 200 trained swift-water rescuers had been sent to various locations on the coast. She also said police and fire and rescue crews were ready.

"It is a large geographic area but most rain is expected on coastal and hinterland areas, so we're prepared in those areas in particular," she said.

The highest tides:

  • Friday, February 20: 4.7m at 10.11am and 4.31m at 10.36pm
  • Saturday, February 21: 4.54m at 10.56am and 4.26m at 11.22pm
  • Sunday, February 22: 4.26m at 11.41am
  • Monday, February 23: 4.12m at 12.09am and 3.9m at 12.28pm