Hundreds of claims after storm smashes the south east

The State’s peak motoring body had already received more than 1500 insurance claims, after a storm swept through the south east on Sunday, causing significant damage to home and vehicles.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said 498 claims were on the Sunshine Coast, 96 in South Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and 92 in Brisbane’s north.

“The damage from this storm has been extensive, and by midday on Monday we'd received 1250 claims just for vehicles,” Ms Ross said.

“We’ve seen holes in windscreens and paintwork as well as damage to patios and roofs of homes.”

Ms Ross said the number of claims was expected to rise over the coming days.

“If you’re a member of RACQ and need to make a claim, please visit our website and notify us of your intention to make a claim and we’ll call you back as soon as we can,” she said.

“As it’s still just the beginning of storm season, we’re urging people to prepare their homes.

“Clear your gutters of leaves and any debris, as well as anything that could become a projectile in strong winds.

“And if you are driving and it starts to hail, please pull over to the side of the road. We can replace cars and repair damage, but we can’t replace lives.”