Queenslanders warned to brace for severe weather this summer

QUEENSLANDERS are being warned to brace for severe weather this Summer, with at least one destructive cyclone expected to cross the Queensland coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology today briefed Queensland cabinet on the seasonal outlook for severe weather in the months ahead, revealing a “typical Australian cyclone season is likely”.

The weather bureau says a typical Australian tropical cyclone season runs from November to April and sees between 10 and 13 cyclones occurring in Australian waters, with around four crossing the coastline somewhere around the country.


Four cyclones are predicted to form in the Coral Sea with one of them forecast to make landfall in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged Queenslanders to be aware of the risks of severe weather events, no matter where they live.

“As Cyclone Debbie showed us barely six months ago, it only takes one cyclone to cross the Queensland coast to put thousands of lives and homes in danger and cause billions of dollars of damage,” the Premier said.

Queensland residents are being urged to think about their household’s ‘what if’ emergency plan to prepare for the storm season.

“This is the week to think about your ‘what if’ emergency plan – what would you take with you, where would you go,” Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Jackie Trad said.

For more information on Australia’s Tropical Cyclone Outlook for 2017 to 2018, click here.