Widespread storms wreak havoc on Queensland

Queensland residents have been battered by widespread storms which produced strong winds, heavy rain, flash-flooding and incredible lightning displays on Tuesday.

Townsville residents were hit with two storms in one day while those in Charleville and surrounding areas faced a storm of a different kind – dust.

Thousands of residents between Mackay and Townsville remained without power on Wednesday.

RACQ’s Kirsty Clinton said despite summer nearing its official end, Queenslanders needed to remember storm season continued and they should not be complacent.

“People often associate storms with the summer season, but the storm season in Queensland is actually quite a bit longer than that,” Ms Clinton said.

“Last year we saw Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit in late March, so we’re not out of the woods yet.”

Ms Clinton said the Bureau of Meteorology predicted more rain for much of the State.

BOM has forecast the weather system which bought rain to north and central Queensland on Tuesday will move southeast on Wednesday,” she said.

“But that doesn’t mean the rest of the State will be dry, with chances of showers and even severe storms for the north again.”

RACQ recommended residents facing severe weather should:

  • Consider where they will stay if they need to evacuate
  • Talk to children and dependents about an emergency plan in case they are not together when a storm hits
  • Locate their emergency kit and ensure it is up-to-date
  • Charge their mobile phone in case power is lost
  • Make sure pets are safe
  • Check on neighbours, especially the elderly
  • Check their insurance is up to date.