Local News Headlines, 27th March 2017

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Local News Headlines, 27th March 2017

Cyclone Debbie’s forecast to cross the coast between Rollingstone and Proserpine tomorrow morning. It's currently a category 2 system but is forecast to intensify to Category 4. The Whitsundays and surrounding coastal islands likely to be among the first areas to be impacted A Storm Tide Watch and Act message has been issued for Dingo Beach, Conway Beach, Cape Upstart, Bowen, Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group. Evacuations are directed in the Whitsunday Region with locals in area from Cape Upstart to Proserpine encouraged to leave. Chair of the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group and Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox says if you're unable to evacuate the cyclone Shelters in Bowen and Proserpine will be opened today as a last resort.

The storm is also causing flights cancellations. Virgin Australia announcing all flights in and out of Mackay, Hamilton Island and Proserpine are cancelled. Jetsar and Tigarair have also cancelled a few.

Many public and private schools and daycare centres are closed around the region from Airlie Beach up to Townsville. The early decision made to close them for today -- coming to allow families to make plans for their children and to avoid travelling on the roads as winds pick up Catholic Education Director Ross Horner says they added schools as more information came in.

A 28 year old man is due in court today after a car ploughed into a Holden dealershipip. It happened on Friday night when a green commodore crashed into New Pioneer Motors on Gordon St. Police say a 28 year old's being charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle whilst adversely affected by alcohol.

$120M is now on the table to build the Walkerston Bypass. Capricornia MP Michelle Landry says she previously locked in a 75 million for project last year but has secured more as part of a wider road funding package for Queensland.

LOCAL SPORT

The Cutters are dominating claiming at a win against the undefeated Wynnum Manly Seagulls. Our Mackay guys getting on top of them 22 points to 18 on Saturday night. It puts the Cutter's 9th on the Intrust Super Cup ladder.

WEATHER

Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm. Heavy falls exceeding 310 mm possible. Very destructive wind gusts exceeding 170 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

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