TC Owen strengthens State warned to prep for wild weather and rain

As Tropical Cyclone (TC) Owen continued to strengthen and was expected to track towards the Queensland Coast overnight, RACQ has warned home owners and motorists to be prepared and avoid unnecessary risks.

At 5am Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported the Category 3 system was located over the Gulf of Carpentaria and would continue to head east towards the Queensland coast. TC Owen was predicted to increase to a Category 4 before crossing the south east Gulf Coast late on Friday.

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RACQ’s Clare Hunter urged residents to prepare for a drenching as experts predicted heavy rain and potential flash flooding along much of Queensland’s east coast.

“We expect to see widespread rainfall around the State. Weather systems like this can be unpredictable so no one in Queensland should be complacent in coming days,” Ms Hunter said.

“Now is the time to locate your emergency kit and check its contents. Make sure food items and medications aren’t out of date.

“Also make sure all of your family are familiar with your emergency plan.

“Stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. If you do need to head out over the weekend make sure you check the latest road conditions before leaving home.

“If you’re on the road and wild weather hits – turn your lights on, slow down, pull over if you have to, but never under a tree, and above all remember – if it’s flooded, forget it.”