A severe thunderstorm is likely to lash South East Queensland today, with the weather bureau warning the Gold Coast could possibly be in the firing line.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the forecast for possible severe thunderstorms a short time ago, warning they’re most likely to occur over the northern South East Coast and Southern Wide Bay, Burnett districts.
However, forecaster Rosa Hoff told myGC that we could see a possible storm develop across the Gold Coast later this afternoon.
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“At this stage we haven’t seen any storms developing yet, they’re just on the forecast, but if we do see a severe thunderstorm develop, it’s likely that any hazards associated with it would include damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail stones.”
Ms Hoff said the storms are most likely to hit from around mid afternoon into this evening.
⛈️FORECAST: Severe #QldStorm possible in #SEQld today, likely over northern SE Coast & southern Wide Bay/Burnett districts. Severe storms may produce damaging winds, heavy rainfall & large hail. Warnings issued as storms develop: https://t.co/oQJP0oAXFT pic.twitter.com/HT3K5FKMMb
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) January 21, 2020
The possibility of more rain and thunderstorms has prompted Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate to issue a warning to residents about preparing their homes.
“What you can do now is go to the Council website’s disaster guidance page and there’s a list of emergency phone numbers and advice on how you can get ready and prepare your home for storms,” Mayor Tate said.
“Please have a look at that because we have put so much effort into it, it’s basically a one-stop-shop in terms of a checklist of what you can do to protect your property and family.”
Mayor Tate said last weekend’s storm, which saw life threatening flash flooding close the M1 and shut down theme parks, was a huge wake up call, with clean ups still underway across the city.
“The Gold Coast Cycling Velodrome at Nerang was hit quite hard and that will take a bit over a month to fix,” he said.
“We can’t really start any work on repairing that yet because they’ve forecast more rain to come, so we will let mother nature take its course and then we will reactivate and rebuild.”
The Mayor praised the city’s disaster management team for their swift response to calls for help and damage to infrastructure over the weekend.
“We are blessed to have a very good disaster management response… We train for it and we do exercise for it,” he said.
“The minute I got the phone call, it was like ‘okay activate the stand-up’ and everyone got out there and did there bit.”
Mayor Tate confirmed the city is always working towards preparing the city for natural disasters like floods.
“Since 2012 we have been working towards and recognising that climate is changing,” Mayor Tate said.
“The flood modelling has been upgraded, the setback on homes near the beach and waterways has been reviewed.
“So I want to let everyone on the Gold Coast know that we are doing the work to make sure we recognise climate change and our planning recognises that… for example, we will make sure that we don’t build on flood planes.”