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UPDATE FOR CYCLONE OWEN

Cyclone Owen is expected to intensify over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for Cape Shield in the Northern Territory to Burketown in Queensland.

There will be heavy rain, strong winds and flooding, so please follow our Facebook page for updates as well as local weather channels and radio stations.

The forecast track map for Tropical Cyclone Owen, issued early this morning.

The forecast track map for Tropical Cyclone Owen. (Source: BOM)

Collecting and returning your vehicle

Cairns and Darwin branches will be open as normal, so you will be able to collect or return your vehicle on your planned date and time.

Flooding

Due to the heavy rains associated with Cyclone Owen and the tropical system you may find some roads in the NT and QLD maybe flooded for a day or two.  For your own safety, please do not drive through floodwater even if other vehicles are.  If you do find yourself cut off by floodwaters please find an alternative route or contact us for further advice.

Road Conditions

Prior to commencing your trip we recommend you check the RACQ’s Road Conditions Report https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-driving/safety-on-the-road/roadconditions and https://roadreport.nt.gov.au/home .This will provide you with up to date information on road conditions on your intended route.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO DRIVE THROUGH THE AFFECTED AREAS PLEASE CONSIDER THE ADVICE BELOW FOR YOUR OWN COMFORT & SAFETY:
  • CAMPING

As you are camping in a car, you may want to think about alternate accommodation in motels or backpackers, just as you would if you were doing a normal camping trip in such conditions.

  • WATER LEAKS

The vehicles are not cyclone proof and may leak in torrential tropical rainfall especially when accompanied by strong winds.

  • FLOODS

NEVER EVER CROSS a flooded roadway.

  • HIGH TIDES

Do not park your vehicle in low lying areas as they are at risk of flooding at High Tide.

  • STRONG WINDS

Be mindful of where you are parking your vehicle, watch for trees and overhanging branches.

  • TRIP PLANNING

Consider changing your route, E.G. you might want to consider travelling outside of the affected area until the Cyclone has passed.  Find a sunny location and stay a bit longer

If you are already in affected area you may want to head further South for the next few days.

  • WEATHER

Visit www.bom.gov.au for the official Australian weather forecasts.

  • ADVICE

Visit our Facebook page for regular updates during this time.

Follow the advice of the SES workers if you are in an affected area.

Call or email Travellers Autobarn, we are monitoring the storm hourly and this is not our first cyclone.

Please do not get over-excited about mainstream media reports about the end of the world and bear in mind that the images & video you may be seeing can be days old and 1000’s of kilometres away from you.

Please continue to watch our social media channels for any updates.  If you have any questions please call us on 1800 674 374. 

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