What Is Closed Or Disrupted Due To Ex Cyclone Debbie
Heavy rain from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie is causing havoc for flights in and out of several major airports in Queensland and parts of NSW.
Virgin Australia has cancelled domestic flights at Queensland's Gold Coast and Prosperine airports, while no Qantas flights will operate to or from Gladstone.
However, Qantas has resumed some Hamilton Island flights to help evacuate hundreds of tourists stranded as a result of cyclone Debbie.
A spokesman said the remainder of its flights across Queensland were operating as usual.
Virgin Australia said there would be no flights in or out of Prosperine, near the cyclone-ravaged Airlie Beach, on Thursday or Friday. All its domestic Gold Coast flights scheduled to arrive or depart this afternoon were also cancelled.
The airline is meanwhile working with authorities to confirm whether it is safe to fly in and out of Hamilton Island.
"Due to the extensive damage to infrastructure on the island, Virgin Australia will not bring any more guests into Hamilton Island for the next two days, up until and including Saturday 1 April," the airline said in a statement.
"An update on inbound services to Hamilton Island from Sunday 2 April onwards will be provided following further assessment."
Virgin said its flights to and from Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Port Macquarie in NSW may also be affected by wet weather today.
Passengers booked on Virgin flights to or from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton in Queensland could also be delayed by the wet weather.
Comment was being sought from Jetstar.
A Jetstar spokeswoman said all the budget airline's flights will operate on Thursday, with no weather-related cancellations.
"All of our scheduled services will operate to and from Brisbane and Gold Coast today, unless otherwise advised," Jetstar said in a statement.
"A number of options are available to customers who are unable to reach the airport or travel due to severe weather conditions."
WHAT'S BEEN CLOSED OR CANCELLED BY SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND'S HEAVY RAINFALL:
* 763 state schools, 1286 Catholic and private schools and 546 child care centres are now closed.
* Beaches along 600km of coastline between Agnes Water and the NSW border have been closed.
* The Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast has been suspended until further notice.
* Gold Coast theme parks Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet'N'Wild and Sea World all closed for the day.
* Griffith University campuses and Queensland University of Technology campuses to close from noon. University of Queensland campuses across the southeast have been closed for the day. Bond University and University of Sunshine Coast campuses are also closed.
* TAFE Queensland have closed all southeast Queensland campuses and some rural campuses.
* Queensland Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art closed.
* All criminal matters adjourned at Brisbane's Supreme and District Courts. Civil matters proceeding as they can on a case-by-case basis.
* Elective surgery at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, Prince Charles Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Caboolture Hospital and Kilcoy Hospital has been cancelled.
* More than 200 roads across Queensland are closed.
* All southeast public transport services are experiencing delays, with some inbound trains suspended. CityCat services running a reduced schedule.
* All AFL Queensland senior matches across the south east have been abandoned. Junior matches for Brisbane on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are cancelled.
* Coles supermarkets at Lutwyche, Gladstone, Brisbane CBD, Mermaid Waters, Robina, Arana Hills, Jimboomba and Kenmore all closed.