Storm signals the start of a severe weather week

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services together with the Palaszczuk Government are urging residents throughout parts of central Queensland through to the south-east to prepare for several days of severe weather.
Minister for Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) had forecast severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, damaging winds and hail for areas south of Moranbah and east of Charleville through to the coast over the coming days.
"This morning we saw parts of south-west and south-east Queensland battered by a very dangerous thunderstorm system and it may not be the last," Minister Ryan said.
"BoM warns that we could see similar storms rolling through parts of the state throughout the rest of this week."
Minister Ryan said today's powerful storm cell tore off roofs, brought down trees and powerlines and caused flash flooding in areas from Esk to Brisbane.
"With more storms forecast, I'm urging people to take a few moments to ensure they are prepared for continued severe weather," he said.
"Pick up loose items around your yard and secure larger items such as outdoor furniture. Clear your gutters and remove any garden waste. Preparing now can reduce the likelihood of damage when storms occur.
"Residents who require storm and flood emergency assistance following today's storm should contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500."
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said emergency services were well-equipped and ready to respond to the predicted severe weather, with crews already out in force today.
"Once it was safe to do so, our crews hit the ground running following today's storm to help residents in need," Ms Carroll said.
"SES volunteers responded to several calls for help with roof damage, flooding and trees down.
"We are ready to help Queenslanders affected by storms and flooding over the coming days but it's vital residents know their risks so they can take extra measures now.
"Keep up-to-date with storm warnings by listening to your local radio and checking the BoM website."
Ms Carroll also reminded Queenslanders of the dangers of floodwater.
"If heavy rainfall and flooding occurs near you over the coming days, we ask you to put safety first," she said.
"During a storm, avoid non-essential travel and never drive through floodwater.
"If you must venture out, plan an alternate route so you won't be tempted to take unnecessary risks if you encounter floodwater.
"I can't say it enough: if it's flooded, forget it."


Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

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