Debbie heads out leaving $1b damage bill and hundreds stranded

Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie is finally heading out to sea, leaving a trail of destruction and tragedy in her wake.

After hitting far north Queensland as a Category 4 on Tuesday, she was downgraded to a low and headed south along the Queensland coast and into far north NSW.

She is now about 300 nautical miles off the NSW north east coast and will continue to head east.


Residents in northern Gold Coast suburbs and Logan remain on flood watch. As do Tweed locals.

A moderate flood warning is in place for the Albert River and the BoM expects the Logan River to peak at Waterford and Eagleby today.

Hundreds of residents in the area could remain isolated across the weekend, while thousands of other have taken refuge at evacuation centres.

According to the SES website, there is minor flooding along the Tweed River at Murwillumbah and Chinderah, but it is falling.

Seagulls Estate has been inundated with floodwater and is isolated.

Water across the Pacific Motorway at Chinderah has cut access between NSW and Queensland at Tweed Heads.

The Tugun Bypass Tunnel remains closed southbound in a bid to stop people heading into the danger zone.

Authorities are urging everyone to avoid unnecessary travel across the weekend.

After inspecting damage on the Gold Coast and Logan on Friday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will head to north Queensland today to see first-hand the destruction Cyclone Debbie has left in her wake.

The Insurance Council expects the damage bill to exceed $1 billion, with millions of dollars in claims already lodged.

Ms Palaszczuk will chair a disaster management meeting in Brisbane this morning, before heading to the Mackay and Whitsunday region.

Power is also being restored to properties across Queensland.

As of 7am, 2,500 properties remained without power across the Gold Coast and Hinterland.

The biggest outages are being experienced in Tallebudgera Valley, Springbrook, Currumbin Valley and Cedar Creek.