WARNING: Cyclone Debbie brings storms, 125km/hr winds to CQ
UPDATE: 12.02pm: EMERGENCY response crews are urging Central Queensland residents to "seek shelter" when mega storms at the edge of Cyclone Debbie ploughs through the region.
FULL ROADS CLOSED: Main roads warn of more potential road closures
The Bureau of Meteorology has extended its severe weather warning for damaging winds in excess of 125kmh to the Town of 1770 in the south and St Lawrence in the north.
Bands of thunderstorms are expected to develop well to the south of the cyclone and are likely to move onto the coast and adjacent inland areas between St Lawrence and Town of 1770 through today.
These storms may produce localised areas of destructive wind gusts in excess of 125kmh within the warning zone.
Locations that maybe affected include Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Marlborough, St Lawrence, Gladstone and Town of 1770.
New radar images from the Bureau of Meteorology reveal Cyclone Debbie will track further south than initially expected, putting it on the path of Central Queensland towns, including Moranbah.
BoM is warning of widespread heavy falls that should bring flash flooding.
More to come
WIND GUSTS have already begun to creep up to 63km/h at Yeppoon, but the Bureau of Meteorology is warning that figure could double to 125km/h.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning widespread heavy falls will bring flash floods and destructive winds to Central Queensland today and tomorrow.
UPDATE 9.30AM: HEAVY rain has drenched parts of Capricornia this morning with some residents reporting flash flooding.
In Yeppoon, a 30mm downpour in 60 minutes added to the region's already high total of close to 100mm for the past 24 hours.
In St Lawrence, which is in the warning zone for Cyclone Debbie, more than 120mm has fallen in 24 hours.
In Rockhampton, rain has started to set in with 41mm recorded since 9am yesterday.
BREAKING 4.15am: A SEVERE weather warning for damaging wind gusts in excess of 125kmh has been issued for people in parts of the Central Coast, Whitsundays and Capricornia as Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches the Queensland coast
Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and St Lawrence.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns bands of thunderstorms are expected to develop well to the south of the cyclone and are likely to move onto the coast and adjacent inland areas between St Lawrence and Gladstone through today. These thunderstorms may produce localised areas of destructive wind gusts in excess of 125kmh within the warning zone.
At 4am Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie was nearing the Whitsunday Islands where gusts of 182kmh (2.27am) have been recorded.
It is tracking west-southwest towards the Queensland coast and is expected to cross just south of Bowen later this morning as a category 4 system.
In Rockhampton this morning the maximum wind gust so far was 41kmh at 12.43am with 17mm of rain since 9am Monday while in Yeppoon the strongest wind gust to date was 56kmh at 3.02am with 65mm of rain since 9am.
A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current from Lucinda to St Lawrence, including Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsunday Islands, extending inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland.
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.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
More to follow