Over the past week, the state of Queensland has been severely impacted by Tropical Cyclone, Debbie. Wind gusts of 263km/h were captured at Hamilton Island, turning paradise into a disaster zone.
Now, as an ex-tropical cyclone, Debbie is continuing to cause a weather emergency in South-East Queensland. All schools and beaches have been closed with authorities urging residents to head home by 12pm AEST.
If you are travelling today, you may need to reconsider your plans or prepare for lenthy delays. Some train and bus services have been cancelled while Virgin Australia has issued a travel alert.
Virgin Australia Travel Alert
If you hold a valid ticket for travel on Virgin Australia between Sunday 26 March 2017 – Monday 3 April 2017, you can rebook on an alternate service (when available) or be issued with airline credit for use on a later date.
Call the Guest Contact Centre on 13 67 89 to arrange but prepare for a longer-than usual wait time as one of the call centres is currently closed due to flooding.
Here is the latest updated on affected locations:
There will not be any flights operating to or from Proserpine today, Thursday 30 March 2017 or tomorrow, Friday 31 March 2017.
Emerald, Mackay, Middlemount and Moranbah
Scheduled flights to and from these ports are still operating however may be faced with delays.
Ballina, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Coffs Harbour, Gladstone, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton
Some of these ports may be affected by weather today. If you are due to travel to or fromt hese ports, you can check the status of your flight here.
All domestic flights in and out of the Gold Coast after 12pm local time are cancelled today.
Virgin Australia’s focus is to get travellers off the island over the next couple of days. Due to extensive damage, flights to the island have been cancelled up to and including April 1, 2017 with cancellations past that date possible.
If you are scheduled to depart on an international flight from the East Coast of Australia today, you are best to keep aware of your flight status and contact your airline if you have any questions.