SEQ hit hard by first storm of the season

Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for more severe and damaging weather, after RACQ saw a steep spike in insurance claims following a hailstorm in the State’s south east on Sunday.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said by 9am Monday, the Club had already received 174 insurance claims, with more than 80 percent of those due to home damage.

“We’ve seen hail, strong winds and torrential rain cause serious damage across the region and our claims numbers are only going to rise as our members take stock of any damage they may have,” Ms Ross said.

“The worst regions we’ve seen are Karalee and Karana Downs, Bayside and Brassal, with more than 50 claims between these areas. We’ve seen damaged rooves from fallen trees, hail damaged windows and vehicles and minor flooding.

“Yesterday’s event really set the scene for what we expect to be a wet, wild and destructive storm season with a La Nina weather pattern prevailing.”

Ms Ross said Queenslanders caught in the deluge should contact their insurer as soon as possible if they need to make a claim and get ready for the next storm.

“If your home or car was damaged, make sure to take plenty of photos and speak to your insurer before beginning the clean-up process,” she said.

“The damage we’ve seen over the weekend from cars being left outside, windows open or unsecured outdoor items, is a timely reminder that Queenslanders have to prepare for these kind of events.

“Make sure you and all members of your household know exactly what needs to be done if a severe storm is forecast so you can protect your property and your family.”