Tropical Cyclone Owen is forecast to hit Queensland as a Category 3 system in the early hours of Saturday morning. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding, a storm tide, and destructive winds are predicted.

The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology shares up to date weather forecasts.

Travel advice

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your airline and travel agent to find out if your trip will be impacted. 
  • Monitor media reports.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered, and plan accordingly. 

 

Official travel advice

 

From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Tropical Cyclone Owen should make landfall in Queensland on December 15, 2018.

The cyclone is likely to bring excessive rainfall and violent winds. It may cause flash flooding and landslides and could severely disrupt the following essential services:

  • transportation
  • power distribution
  • water and food supply
  • telecommunications networks
  • emergency services
  • medical care

Avoid any unnecessary travel through the affected areas. If you reside in the affected areas:

  • exercise caution
  • monitor local news and weather reports
  • follow the instructions of local authorities

from Country Advice and Advisories updated in the last 24 hours, which can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/australia

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