Street parking will be suspended across Brisbane and the SES are out in force as Cyclone Marcia draws closer.

UPDATE: Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is predicted to intensify to a category 4 system as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system.

Cyclone Marcia is heading for Brisbane and residents across Queensland have been warned to stock up on supplies and stay safe as the latest weather warnings show the tropical cyclone is set to make landfall within 24 hours.

Queensland Police Service have warned Brisbane motorists to beware of abnormally high tides and heavy rain and of parking their cars in low lying areas.

Coorparoo police are advising people to consider not parking in the following areas: Lincoln Street, Greenslopes, and streets behind the Stones Corner Library including Constance, Beta and Edith Streets as well as Cambridge and Clarence Streets, Coorparoo.

Brisbane City Council wishes to advise that on street parking will be temporarily suspended on the following roads from 6am Thursday 19 February 2015.

  • Northey Street Precinct, Windsor
  • Butterfield Street, Herston
  • Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
  • Edmondstone Street, Bowen Hills
  • Sandgate Road, Albion

These parking areas are low lying and are subject to inundation due to higher than usual high tides and severe weather. Council also advises that cars parked in some areas may be at risk from rising water levels. Motorists are advised to display caution when driving on roads affected by any flood water.

It is anticipated that the closure will continue until Saturday 21 February 2015, once the weather system has passed. Affected areas will be signed with public safety notices. Existing parking restrictions in these areas will still apply.

The State Disaster Coordination Centre at Kedron has opened and the State Disaster Coordination Group has met to discuss its approach. Brisbane City SES have been handing out sandbags in preparation for flooding.

Sandbags are available for residents to collect from these locations:

  • Newmarket SES – Brisbane City Council, Field Services Group Wilston Rd, Newmarket
  • Brisbane City Council, Balmoral Field Services Group
  • Redfern Street, Balmoral
  • Brisbane City Council, Darra Field Services Group
  • Shamrock Street, Darra
  • Brisbane City Council, Zillmere Field Services Group
  • Brisbane City Council, Lota Field Services Group
  • Herbert Street, Lota.
  • Zillmere Depot, 33 Jennings Street Zillmere
  • South Depot, 48 Shamrock Rd, Darra
  • Balmoral Depot, Redfern Street, Morningside
  • SES Depot, Wilston Road, Newmarket

Council is experiencing a high demand for sandbags across all depots and is advising that moderate wait times may be experienced.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been moving through the Coral Sea towards the Queensland coast in a south-westerly direction. The cyclone is expected to maintain this general motion through to landfall on the eastern Queensland coast between St Lawrence and Bundaberg early on Friday. Tropical Cyclone Marcia has been intensifying over the past 24 hours, and has now reached category 3 intensity.

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