TLDMG Cyclone Update - 4pm

Date published: 28 March 2017

Based on the latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology, Townsville has now been removed from the cyclone warning zone, however, areas south of Townsville, including Cungulla and Cleveland Palms, are still within the cyclone watch zone.

The Bureau has advised that there is no longer a risk of storm surge for residents at Cungulla and Cleveland Palms, so those residents who evacuated are advised it’s safe to return to their homes.

The city’s cyclone shelter in Heatley is now closed, as well as the Places of Refuge (North Shore building, Suncorp building and council’s 143 Walker St).

Council’s Disaster Co-ordination Centre will cease operations later today, however staff will continue to monitor the situation off-site and concerned residents can still call council on 1300 878 001.

Normal council services will recommence tomorrow.

Residents who missed today’s rubbish collection are advised to put their bins kerbside by 6am tomorrow for a catch-up collection.

Residents are asked to remain vigilant due to strong wind gusts and are asked to stay out of waterways and creeks.

Townsville Mayor and TLDMG chair Cr Jenny Hill praised Townsville residents for their response in preparing for Cyclone Debbie.

“While Townsville escaped any destructive winds and flooding, it is reassuring to see Townsville residents took all necessary steps to prepare for the potential of this cyclone,” Cr Hill said.

“I also thank all organisations involved in Townsville’s disaster management response to this weather event.”

Staff and resources remain on standby to provide recovery support to our southern neighbours.

  • Roads remain open
  • Townsville schools will re-open tomorrow
  • Townsville Airport will re-open at 4.30am tomorrow
  • Sealink services will resume at 6.30am tomorrow