The Weather Bureau’s warning of treacherous conditions this weekend. Heavy rain, wild winds, king tides and possible flash flooding. Authorities are urging people to make sure they’re prepared.

Zarisha Bradley reports.


Batten down the hatches this weekend.

A significant upper trough is approaching the East Coast, with gale-force northeasterly winds.

Gordon Bank, Forecaster Bureau of Meteorology: “If this was a cyclone, those winds would make it a category one. Very substantial winds. So no time to be out on the water.”

The City Council is urging people to get ready and says it’s fully prepared.

Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor Brisbane: “We’ve got a disaster management group on stand by. They are ready. We’ve got around 40,000 sandbags that are already in place.”

And the RACQ is urging people to make sure their paperwork is in order.

Anna Jeffries, RACQ Spokesperson: “With the weather that’s predicted for this weekend, we really need people to check their home and contents insurance and make sure it’s all up-to-date.”

To make matters worse, king tides are predicted.

The Weather Bureau has said any areas used to king tide floodings should expect higher water than normal due to an unexpected storm surge.”

Gordon Bank, Forecaster Bureau of Meteorology: “Conditions will be quite treacherous on the roads and certainly pretty wild on the beaches.”

It’s been just over a year since the south east was hit by a similar weather event – the message then and now remains the same.

Anna Jeffries, RACQ Spokesperson: “If it’s flooded, forget it.”

Zarisha Bradley, QUT News.