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Tropical Cyclone Advice for System 1

21 February 2015 01:55 EST

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this
warning.

PRIORITY

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 41
Issued at 1:55 am EST on Saturday 21 February 2015

Headline:
Marcia no longer a tropical cyclone. Heavy rain and gusty winds still possible,
see Severe Weather Warning.

Areas Affected:
Warning zone: None

Watch zone: None

Cancelled zone: None

Details of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia at 1:00 am EST:
Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 kilometres per
hour with wind gusts to 85 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 35 kilometres of 25.1 degrees South 151.2 degrees East,
estimated to be 135 kilometres south of Gladstone and 115 kilometres west of
Bundaberg.
Movement: south southeast at 18 kilometres per hour.

Ex-tropical cyclone Marcia has continued to weaken over land overnight, and no
longer maintains a tropical cyclone structure. The system is moving
south-southeast over the northern Wide Bay district.

Ex-Marcia remains capable of producing heavy rainfall, and also the possibility
of a few locally damaging wind gusts, particularly over higher terrain. Hence a
Severe Weather Warning has been issued to replace the Tropical Cyclone warning,
combining with the pre-existing Severe Weather Warning for the Wide Bay and
Burnett district south of Bundaberg, and the Southeast Coast district.

Hazards:
Heavy rainfall is occurring about coastal and adjacent inland areas between
Bundaberg and Gympie, and this area of rainfall is expected to translate
southwards with the system tonight and Saturday morning. A Flood Watch is
current for the area.

Widespread areas of gales are no longer expected. However, locally damaging
winds with gusts to 90 km/h remain possible about exposed coastal and elevated
areas.

Abnormally high tides will be experienced between Bundaberg and Coolangatta
with water levels expected to rise to near the highest tide of the year on the
high tide. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should
take measures to protect their property as much as possible.

Dangerous surf is also expected.

Refer to Severe Weather Warning for updates on these hazards and conditions.

Recommended Action:
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.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay
well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if
necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Next Advice:
No further advices will be issued for this system.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio Broadcasts; the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 212. The Bureau and the State
Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at:
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone