Qlders urged to brace for severe storms, hail and possible cyclone

RACQ has urged property owners to prepare their homes for more wild weather, with severe storms predicted for south east Queensland over the weekend and a tropical cyclone likely to form off north Queensland early next week.

Brisbane Times reported thunderstorms could bring large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall to the south east, while the north would be hit with heavy rain over the weekend and into Monday as a tropical low developed offshore.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said residents in these regions should make sure their property was prepared for the impending severe weather.

“While the sun is still out, now is the time to trim overhanging branches, clear your gutters and move your car somewhere safe undercover,” Ms Clinton said.

“With high winds predicted make sure you secure any loose items in your yard, like trampolines or outdoor furniture.

“Loose items can become projectiles in high winds and cause major damage to property and potentially put lives at risk.”

Ms Clinton reminded residents to keep across warnings and updates and have an emergency kit with essential food, water and medical supplies.

“You also need an emergency plan ready and make sure all your family are aware of their roles. Think about where you could stay if you need to evacuate and have a backup in case your first preference becomes unavailable,” she said.

“We're also reminding motorists to take extra care when driving in bad weather this weekend and check RACQ Road Conditions before they set off so they can avoid any flooded roads.

“Remember, there’s never a safe time to drive through flood water so if you come across a flooded road, turn around and go back.”