Residents urged to prepare with storms predicted to batter southern Qld

By David Lewis and Jesse Dorsett

Updated October 29, 2013 16:20:22

South-east Queensland residents are being told to brace for wild storms this afternoon, with predicted large hail, damaging winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour and intense bursts of rain.

The storms are expected to develop in the state’s west this morning and move towards the Darling Downs, Brisbane, and the Gold and Sunshine coasts by the afternoon.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Brett Harrison warns they could move as far north as the Wide Bay region by tonight.

“Overall, we’re looking at probably the most intense [season] for the south-eastern parts of the state,” he said.

“Other areas of Queensland have seen severe thunderstorms already this season, but for a widespread event, this is looking pretty significant.”

Emergency Management Queensland spokesman Brian Cox says people need to secure their homes and yards.

“I think Queenslanders have been so used to disasters that we don’t want to be complacent right now,’ he said.

“Go check that emergency kit, make sure your torch has fresh batteries.

“Just make sure that you’ve got enough medication or food and water if this storm does take away power or does make you cut off for a period of time.”

Mr Brian says people need to prepare to look after their animals.

“Put them into some kind of shelter or secured area,” he said.

“Also their vehicles – to protect them by moving them under some kind of shelter or some kind of covered areas as well.”

Topics: storm-disaster, emergency-planning, emergency-incidents, storm-event, brisbane-4000, bundaberg-4670, maroochydore-4558, toowoomba-4350, southport-4215

First posted October 29, 2013 08:11:44

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