Severe thunderstorms sweep across southern Queensland

As predicted, clear skies and high temperatures throughout the south-east gave way to thunderstorms on Tuesday afternoon.

Senior forecaster Brett Harrison told ABC radio before the storms hit that a very active surface trough moving in from the west was to blame.

The system produced a lot of thunderstorm activity over Queensland’s interior on Monday and overnight Tuesday.

It was feared the thunderstorms would bring damaging wind gusts and large hail, but reports of damage were not widespread.

Ergon Energy and emergency services had to deal with fallen wires on a road at Cannon Creek on the southern Darling Downs, and a number of trees came down at Alexandra Hills on Brisbane’s bayside.

Brian Cox, the director of disaster management at Emergency Management Queensland, says overall people were well-prepared for potential danger.

“This is all about understanding the environment and listening to the warnings that the bureau’s putting out,” he told ABC radio in Brisbane on Wednesday morning.

“We were lucky with a specific storm cell just south of Brisbane, which just dodged us at that particular point in time.

“I think the message is getting out to Queenslanders – getting ready, making sure that they are well-prepared.

“We still responded to a series of roof damage and trees down, but I wouldn’t like to underplay the issue of being prepared.”

The Wide Bay and Burnett and Capricornia districts were expected to bear the brunt of the weather on Wednesday.

Advice for before storms hit

The forecast prompted authorities to remind residents of what to do before severe thunderstorms occur.

Emergency Management Queensland says it’s important to have a well-stocked and up-to-date emergency kit and have basic items like a torch, medication and food close by.

Other tasks to complete before storms hit:

  • Prepare your home by inspecting fences, roofs and gutters and carry any necessary repairs
  • Trim branches near your home and power lines
  • Clean gutters and down pipes regularly, also secure loose roof tiles or sheets
  • Check your insurance to ensure your have adequate cover for home and contents
  • Move cars under cover and away from trees
  • Secure and put away loose items away from your property, including outdoor furniture and pot plants
  • Create a safe place for your pets away from the conditions
  • Disconnect all electrical items

Keep up to date

ABC Emergency has information about preparing for storms or cyclone.

The Bureau of Meteorology issues warnings and monitors conditions regarding storm activity.

The State Emergency Service is the lead agency in addressing storm damage to buildings and structures.

Call the SES on 132 500 for assistance in a storm. In a life-threatening situation call 000.

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