Severe thunderstorms can produce large hail, damaging wind, lightning and heavy rainfall, which can cause death, injury and damage to property.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall can also be produced in other weather systems, such as in a monsoon or an East Coast Low, which can cause extensive damage to property and turn debris into dangerous missiles as well as producing dangerous surf conditions.
The Bureau of Meteorology issues Severe Thunderstorm and Weather Warnings for these phenomena.
Pay close attention to weather forecasts and warnings at any time of year but particularly during storm season - this information will assist you in daily preparations around the home.
Radio news weather bulletins will usually provide the most information on current conditions and the latest warnings issued.
If weather conditions indicate the possibility of storms, make sure you've completed the following precautions:
- Your Emergency Plan is up-to-date and all householders know what to do in case of a severe storm
- Your Emergency Kit is fully stocked
- Your insurance is up-to-date and covers damage to home and contents in case of severe storm
- Your yard and outdoor areas are free from loose items like patio furniture, garden tools and rubbish
- You have trimmed any overhanging branches, cleaned gutters and ensured rooves and gutters are in good condition
- Move vehicles under shelter or cover with firmly tied tarpaulins/blankets
When you hear a severe storm warning:
- Stay tuned into warnings
- Contact family and neighbours to make sure everyone is aware of the warning
- Shelter and secure animals
- Secure outdoor furniture and gardening items
- Park vehicles under shelter or cover with firmly tied tarpaulins/blankets
- Disconnect all electrical items, aerials and computer modems
During a severe storm:
- Stay tuned into warnings via battery powered radio
- Activate your Emergency Plan
- Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights
- If the building starts to break up, shelter in the strongest part of your house under a mattress or strong table or bench.
- If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter if driving, stop clear of trees, power lines and streams
If you want to help a community affected by disaster, go to www.givit.org.au to see what is needed and donate.
- For disaster preparation and recovery information visit qfes.qld.gov.au and for emergencies call Triple Zero (000)