Queenslanders – ‘Get Ready’ Severe Summer Weather Events

With Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a typical season of storms and cyclones we’re being told to make sure we are summer storm ready.

Severe summer storm warning

The Bureau forecast is for an increased risk of bushfires and heatwaves but less prospect of severe flooding.

The Bureau will today brief Queensland cabinet on the seasonal outlook for severe weather in the months ahead.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Jackie Trad said the increased risk of natural disasters over summer means it’s important to get ready.

“This week is Get Ready week, a week that recognizes that as Queenslanders, we can’t afford to be complacent about natural disasters.”

“This is the week to think about your household’s ‘what if’ emergency plan – what would you take with you, where would you go. I want to encourage everyone across the state to use this week to Get Ready – go online or get in touch with your local council to for ideas on how to be prepared this storm season.”

Bureau of Meteorology Acting State Manager Queensland Victoria Dodds says severe weather season was well underway with a very active start to fire season.

“Severe thunderstorms and flash-flooding are a common feature of the Queensland summer, as we have just seen in Bundaberg.”

“While the tropical cyclone outlook points to a typical season, as we saw earlier this year with Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, one event can have a devastating effect on a number of communities.”

Get Ready Week is from 8 – 15 October. For fact sheets and ideas on how to get ready visit: www.getready.qld.gov.au

In a typical season like the one forecast for the months ahead, 10-13 cyclones would form in Australian waters, with around four of these crossing the coast – the first of them typically in late December.