'Intense' storms to lash south east: RACQ

Queenslanders have been told to brace for giant hail, heavy rain and damaging winds as a series of potentially destructive storms could hit Tuesday afternoon.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Bureau of Meteorology expected the storms to hit Brisbane in the early afternoon and the Sunshine Coast later this evening.

“While these storms are expected to break the back of the heatwave we saw over the weekend, we could see some really serious damage as a result,” Ms Ross said.

“We’ve already seen the damage giant hailstones can wreak after Springfield and Logan were hit in late October, and it’s really important homeowners do what they can to protect their property.

“Whether it’s trimming overhanging branches, clearing gutters or bringing your car undercover, make sure you’ve done what you can to keep your property safe.”

Ms Ross said storms were just the tip of the iceberg, with four or more cyclones tipped to hit this summer.

“With a La Nina forecast, we know we’ll likely see at least two cyclones cross the coast,” she said.

“Queenslanders know just how destructive these cyclones can get, so we need to start getting ready before they’ve even formed.

“Make sure you’ve done what mitigation works you can, checked how much you’re insured for and reviewed your emergency kit.”