Photo: Bureau of Meteorology
Ex-tropical cyclone Penny is forecast to bring heavy rain and potentially damaging winds as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Townsville overnight tonight or on Wednesday.
A severe weather warning is in place for coastal regions between Alva Beach and Sarina for damaging winds and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.
Heavy rain will initially develop around coastal regions today with isolated falls in excess of 200mm possible.
The Bureau has issued a new Flood Watch today for coastal catchments from St Lawrence to Cape Tribulation including the Mackay, Townsville and Cairns surrounding regions.
Damaging winds with wind peak gusts of around 90 kilometres an hour are expected to develop about exposed coastal and island locations in the warning area today, particularly about the Whitsunday Islands.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
Move your car under cover or away from trees; Secure loose outdoor items; Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees; Beware of fallen trees and powerlines; Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it; Keep clear of creeks and storm drains; and For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
For the latest information see Warnings and http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
farmerdisastersupport.org.au is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance available. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, floods and cyclones. This website details the organisations, government departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.
If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we will keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assistance– contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.
Input your postcode and select your industry in the search section on the homepage for results specific to your area and industry.
If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisation which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 farmers across Queensland.
QFF developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Queensland Government to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to directly connect farmers with assistance available.
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation, AgForce Queensland, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) are delivering a series of workshops for primary producers and service providers.
BOM Meteorologists and Senior Forecasters Rick Threlfal and Michelle Berry will discuss the process of weather forecasting and what it means for primary producers. They will also demonstrate the use of the models and tools available on the BOM website and how to access climate and weather information.
DAF Senior Extension Officer Damien O’Sullivan will explain how to understand long-term climate forecasts, what to look for and how to understand some of Queensland climate drivers; and what to expect for the season ahead.
The workshop runs from 8.30am to 1.30pm. For more information or to register to attend visit Eventbrite. Please RSVP by Friday, 8 February 2019.