Be prepared and safe for South East Low in the Moreton Bay Region & South East Queensland area

Reports of potential wild winds and high seas in South-East Queensland later this week from the Bureau of Meteorology, and into the weekend, has led to the Queensland Water Police to urge boaties to take care when heading out on the water.

Senior Sergeant David Edden from Water Police Brisbane said that the current forecast for Brisbane and Moreton Bay is for very strong winds and high seas, building late Wednesday, and continuing through to Saturday.

These winds are predicted to have strength levels of between 50 and 90 km/h in some areas.

High tides are on the wane in for South East Queensland.

Woorim (Bribie Island) High Tides Thursday 10:05 am (1.93m), 10:24 pm (2.45m), Friday 10:43 am (1.93m), 10:58 pm (2.36), Saturday 11:20 am (1.92m), 11:21 pm (2.25m)

Beachmere High Tides Thursday 10:37 (1.93m), 10:56 pm (2.45m), Friday 11:15 am (1.93m), 11:30 pm (2.36m), Saturday 11:52 am (1.92m) Sunday 12:03 am (2.25m).

The Bureau of Meteorology reports the current Synoptic Situation:

A low pressure system just off the northern New South Wales coast will move slowly northwards tonight, but keep south of Queensland, before moving northeast over the southern Coral Sea during Thursday. A strong high pressure system over the Great Australian Bight will srengthen over the next few days as it moves slowly east towards Tasmania. The combination of these two systems will lead to a vigorous southerly flow developing over southeastern Queensland tonight or early Thursday morning.

Locally damaging wind gusts to 90km/hr are likely to develop about the elevated ground of the southern border ranges tonight and continue into Thursday morning, and also extending to the exposed east coastal areas during Thursday.

Locations which may be affected include Stanthorpe, Mt Barney, Springbrook, Lamington National Park, Mt Tamborine, Coolangatta, North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

“Everyone thinking of heading out on the water over the coming days should take care, and take particular note of the forecast weather conditions for the coming days. Make sure all your safety equipment such as Flares, EPIRB and radio are up to date and working correctly, and your vessel is in proper working order. Being prepared for the forecast conditions, and ensuring you have the right safety gear can save your life, and the lives of people on your boat.” Senior Sergeant Edden said.

Senior Sergeant Edden said Police in Queensland spend approximately 5,500 hours each year conducting searches and rescues for people who have gone out unprepared.

“Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Coastguard personnel risk their lives saving people who go out unprepared on the water. By taking a few simple precautions boaties can get to go home safely at the end of the day and so do the police and volunteers who are out on the water keeping them safe.”

It's understood that a possibility of rain may be present with drizzle leading to possible bursts of 20 mm or more.

101.5 FM News recommends the basic rules that the SES offers during events like this to ensure you, your family and property are as safe as possible, after all being prepared is far better then being caught by surprise.

First make sure your vehicle is fueled up,  fresh batteries for battery operated radios,  stock up on water.

Around the home ensure gutters are cleared,  loose outdoor items are put away.

Stay tuned to Moreton Bays Home of Emergency Services 101.5 FM on air or on line through our listen live feature.

Regular fresh updates will be posted on our home page and on facebook we also recommend some of these tips below.

SES - Severe weather events can be a busy time for the SES. Council urges people to only call the SES on 132 500 in emergency situations.

Reporting fallen trees - If you spot fallen trees on council roads or council property, you can report them to council via 3205 0555 or the free MBRCRequest app.

Fallen powerlines - If you spot fallen powerlines or fallen trees near powerlines, contact Energex immediately on 13 19 62. Stay away and don’t touch the fallen powerlines.

Debris clean-up - To assist with clean-up of debris in your yard, free tipping services are available for residents at council’s waste facilities across the Moreton Bay Region.

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