Residents urged to ‘Get Ready’ for severe thunderstorms tomorrow


Residents across the southeast and central areas are being urged to ‘Get Ready’ for severe thunderstorm activity tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has predicted a surface trough will enter the southwest of the State tonight and approach the Southeast Coast District tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Showers and severe thunderstorms are likely as the trough moves through Western, Central and Southeast Districts. There is also the potential for wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h and large hail, particularly through the south east corner of the State.

The thunderstorm activity should then contract further north into the Wide Bay and Burnett and Capricornia districts during Wednesday.

BoM Senior Meteorologist Michelle Berry asked people to keep up to date with the latest information.

“Given the increased threat from the weather, it’s important to make sure you have the latest information so stay tuned to local radio and track the weather and warnings on the Bureau’s website,” Miss Berry said.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Director of Disaster Management Brian Cox said people within these areas, particularly across south east Queensland, should “Either tonight or first thing tomorrow put loose garden furniture and toys inside and secure items which can’t be moved, such as trampolines and swing sets. Ensure your animals have shelter and are secured and that your vehicles are under solid shelter or covered,” Mr Cox said.

“Disconnect all electrical items, external television and radio aerials and computer modems.

“When the storms strike stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights. If you have no choice but to be outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter and never under trees. If you’re driving stop clear of trees, power lines and streams.”

Mr Cox said it was not uncommon for power to also be lost during severe thunderstorms so make sure you have the basic items, such as a torch, medications and food and water close by.

“Now is also a prime time to ensure your emergency kit is well stocked and up to date,” he said

“After the storm passes always be aware of fallen powerlines, trees and flooded watercourses. If it’s flooded, forget it.”

For flood and storm assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 and for a life-threatening emergency always call triple zero (000).

For further information and tips on how to Get Ready and to register for your own personalised step-by-step plan visit www.getready.qld.gov.au/

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