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Cyclone Debbie: What to do when she hits

CATEGORY 4 Cyclone Debbie is forecast to hit the coastline from 11am on Tuesday. We've compiled a list of emergency contact details and tips you may need during and after the storm.

Emergency contact

For storm and flood assistance contact the SES on 132 500 and in a life threatening emergency call triple-0.

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Queenslanders are being warned to brace for what the Premier described earlier as "a monster of a cyclone", with mass evacuations in place considered to be "the largest we've ever had to do".

The cyclone is expected to hit the mainland about 1pm.

A massive tree was brought down in Nelson Street, Mackay. Source: Jaggered Fel.
A massive tree was brought down in Nelson Street, Mackay. Source: Jaggered Fel.

Wind gusts of up to 260km/h are expected near the centre of the system.

Tidal surge and flooding

The storm surge is the biggest threat for Mackay residents. See if your home is at risk from a storm surge see here.

Dangerous storm tides are forecast between Ayr and St Lawrence as the storm crosses the coast.

"The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above the normal tide, with damaging waves and flooding of some low-lying areas close to the shoreline as the cyclone approaches the coast today," the bureau said.

Cyclone shelters and places of refuge

Bowen High School, 129 Argyle Park Dr, Bowen [Closed until after cyclone has passed

Proserpine State School, Cr Florence and Sperry St, Proserpine [Closed until cyclone has passed]

Ayr Showgrounds, 9-21 Edwards St, Ayr

Heatley Secondary College, Fulham Rd, Townsville

Townsville City Council, 143 Walker Street (basement car park)

Suncorp Building, 61-73 Sturt Street, Townsville City

Energy

If you lose power and are looking for specific information about your address you can go to the Ergon website and type in your 10 or 11 digit NMI (which can be found on your bill). Otherwise, the normal Outage Finder is accessible.

Radio

Cairns and Far North Queensland: 106.7FM

Townsville and North Queensland: 630AM

Mackay and Central Queensland: 101.1FM

Stream ABC Emergency online


TASKS TO DO WHEN THE STORM HITS

- Make note of when you lose power so that you can gauge how long the food in the fridge will last.

- It is advised to switch off all appliances as a precaution.

- If using a generator later on, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area as it can emit Carbon Monoxide, which is deadly.

- Shelter in the strongest part of the house.

- Keep listening to local radio for updates and remain indoors until advised.

- If the building begins to break apart, immediately seek shelter under a strong table, bench, or under a heavy mattress.

- Beware of the calm eye of the cyclone. Do not venture outdoors until you have received official advice that it is safe to go outside.

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