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Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND author­i­ties have urged all res­i­dents to still take care now the worst of Cy­clone Deb­bie has hit. They warn the pe­riod im­me­di­ately af­ter a cy­clone has passed can be just as dan­ger­ous as the cy­clone it­self. A State Emer­gency Ser­vice spokesman said it was im­por­tant not to be­gin the clean-up un­til author­i­ties had given the okay to do so. “You’ve got a lot of de­bris around, also some­times you’ve got wind gusts that pick up very quickly where you may think it’s calm,” the spokesman said. He said res­i­dents needed to be aware of fallen pow­er­lines, de­bris on the ground and pos­si­ble flood­ing. Once ad­vised the cy­clone had passed, res­i­dents must ad­here to the fol­low­ing: lis­ten to your ra­dio and re­main in­doors un­til ad­vised; if you are told to re­turn to your home, do so us­ing rec­om­mended routes; do not go sight­see­ing; check on your neigh­bours if nec­es­sary; do not use elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances that have been wet un­til they are checked for safety; boil or pu­rify your wa­ter un­til sup­plies are de­clared safe; stay away from dam­aged pow­er­lines, fallen trees and flood­wa­ter; if your home has be­come un­in­hab­it­able due to cy­clone dam­age, con­tact your lo­cal coun­cil to iden­tify where you can seek fur­ther as­sis­tance.

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