Queenslanders have been urged to get ready for storm season.

While fewer cyclones are expected because of the El Nino weather pattern, emergency authorities say residents shouldn’t take any chances.

Elizabeth Cramsie reports.


It’s an all-too-familiar scene in Queensland during summer.

So the advice is simple.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier: “We need to get ready now, we need to be prepared, we need to make sure that we have our essential kits in our homes.”

The RACQ has teamed up with the state government to encourage Queenslanders to prepare their properties for storm season.

By making sure gutters are clean, knowing who to call in an emergency and having enough food and water for three days.

As the weather bureau noted, the storm season is already underway.

Robb Webb, Bureau of Meteorology: “We’ll see hail storms start to affect parts of Brisbane, we’ll see the flash flooding, we’ll see those wind storms that point their finger across different parts of Queensland.”

The RACQ says that means one thing.

Paul Turner, RACQ: “If it’s flooded, forget it. Get ready for this summer storm season and take responsibility for your own actions as motorists.”

Although an El Nino event should result in an average to below average cyclone season, the Premier and the Bureau of Meteorology are urging Queenslanders to act now and prepare as if it’s going to happen.

And when it does happen, the next cyclone will be called “Stan”.

Elizabeth Cramsie, QUT News.