Schools closed, workers told to stay home amid storm threat

The threat of severe thunderstorms has closed all schools across the southeast today, including on the Gold Coast, with people also being encouraged to work from home.

The State Government announced the move on Thursday afternoon, confirming education facilities will remain open for some children.

“Tomorrow schools across the entire southeast region will only be open for children of essential workers,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.


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“The message is stay off the roads and stay at home unless you really need to be out.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the unfolding weather situation across the state was extremely unpredictable.

“The safest place for people to be probably over the next 24 to 48 hours is in their homes, with their family and loved ones, not out on the roads, and of course allowing our emergency personnel to get where they need to go,” the premier said.

In some good news, the weather forecast for the Gold Coast isn’t looking as dire as initially predicted.

However, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned severe thunderstorms could develop later today which may lead to flash flooding in already saturated areas.

Emergency services are defending the State Government’s decision to shut schools.

“The storms will be predicted for this afternoon… Yesterday it was a very different circumstance where they were very active in the morning right through to the afternoon,” QFES Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing said.

“The context of what we’re focusing on at the moment is the safety of the community, the safety of our people, and that’s why we’re taking these precautions”.