Travel Alert: Cyclone Debbie to Impact Queensland Coast of Australia

I f the Queensland coast of Australia is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as the landfall of Cyclone Debbie is about to occur.

Travel Alert: Cyclone Debbie to Impact Queensland Coast of Australia

Cyclone Debbie

The eastern coast of Queensland is outlined with a thin purple line in this graphic. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Expected to have the strength of a Category 3 hurricane when landfall occurs over the next several hours somewhere between Townsville and Mackay, Cyclone Debbie is expected to bring damaging sustained winds of approximately 100 miles per hour; greater than twelve inches of rain in local areas; rough seas; storm surge; and floods — with even the possibility of an isolated tornado forming east of the center of this storm. Road closures, heavily damaged buildings and power outages are possible over portions of easter Queensland — especially along the coast.

Cairns is approximately 215 miles northwest of Townsville; while Brisbane is approximately 150 miles south of the southernmost edge of the impact zone of Cyclone Debbie — but shortly after landfall, the system is expected to turn sharply towards the south and slightly east; so there is a chance that Brisbane could be affected by what should be the remnants of Cyclone Debbie.

As tropical cyclones in the southern hemisphere spin in a clockwise motion, the southeast quadrant of this storm is the most dangerous, as it is the strongest due to being fueled by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in eastern Queensland over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Qantas Airways has issued travel alerts for five airports for Monday, March 27, 2017 through Wednesday, March 29, 2017 as a result of this weather system; and other airlines may have issued travel alerts as well.


Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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