TC Debbie victims told to brace again

The State’s peak motoring body has warned central Queensland (CQ) residents to start preparing now, with up to 200mm of rain expected to fall in coming days.

Weather experts predicted the large weather event would hit the same region devastated by Cyclone Debbie.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said with significant rainfall and higher than average winds predicted, residents were urged to prepare their homes and families.

“Some homeowners in the region are still in the midst of cyclone repairs and their houses may not yet be fully weather-proof,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you’re worried your home isn’t secure, consider getting additional tarps or moving your family elsewhere.

“If you need support or are concerned about your insurance cover, can contact us on 13 1905.”

Senior Meteorologist Scott Williams told The Courier Mail as much as three months worth of rain could fall on the CQ and north Queensland region.

“(Today is) becoming very active for rainfall on the Queensland coast, especially the area from Innisfail down to Gladstone with totals broadly 100-200mm developing in that area,” Mr Williams said.

The Whitsundays, recently devastated by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, is expected to receive a deluge of rainfall, up to 200mm today.

Hamilton Island had already received more than its average monthly rainfall (78mm) for May, recording more than 86mm by 10am today.

Flood warnings have been issued for areas from Tully to Cunnamulla.

Up to date road closures can be viewed on RACQ’s road conditions website.