Stay safe with wet start to summer predicted
The State of Queensland has officially moved into disaster season and it is a timely reminder to ensure all Queenslanders are prepared, across the weekend and for the season.
Following a briefing with Queensland Government Senior leaders on the 2017-18 Seasonal Summer Weather Outlook, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Bruce Gunn said Queensland is heading into a typical forecast for this time of the year.
“At the moment we are seeing showers and thunderstorms forecast to begin in south-west Queensland today.
“Heavy rainfall, flooding and damaging winds are possible as the system moves through central and southern Queensland.
“The heaviest falls will occur on Sunday and Monday, and will be focussed around eastern districts south of Rockhampton and Emerald, including Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” he said.
“Showers and thunderstorms are expected to ease significantly into Tuesday as the trough system moves offshore.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said crews were ready to respond across the weekend, and throughout the season should Queenslanders need assistance.
“QFES is working closely with the Bureau and is monitoring any areas of concern,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Just this week, QFES’ latest ‘If it’s flooded, forget it’ advertisements were rolled out and this forecast weather is a timely reminder of the need for drivers to heed the warnings.
“This year, we are again reminding drivers that it doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive, how experienced you are, or how badly you need to get across that road. If it’s flooded, forget it.”
Commissioner Carroll urged drivers to avoid driving through floodwaters and to prepare to safe.
“We want drivers to prepare an alternative plan so they don’t have to get on the roads during severe wet weather,” she said.
“Sometimes, that will mean preparing for family to be out of reach and having someone else who can pick them up if your route is too dangerous. Before you get in the driver’s seat, prepare for your decision to affect others.
“Over coming days, and throughout summer, the message is simple: If it’s flooded, forget it.”
Queensland Police Service (QPS) Deputy Commissioner, and newly appointed State Disaster Coordinator, Brett Pointing said QPS and QFES personnel had been working closely with local councils and government agencies in the lead-up to summer.
“We know all too well the devastation severe weather can have on Queensland communities but we also know that preparation is key to limiting the effects of disasters,” Deputy Commissioner Pointing said.
“This could be as simple as implementing an emergency plan for your family and taking steps to secure your home and business in the event of a significant weather event.”
For more information about disaster preparedness, visit getready.qld.gov.au.