Heightened Risk From Cyclones, Floods & Strom For Queensland This Summer, Weather Bureau Warns

Queensland this summer, reached a high risk of boosting natural disasters, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. There is an increased risk of floods typhoons and bushfires, for Queensland and locals are urged to be prepared.

Australia could be hit by more tornadoes this week as heavy rains & storms set to soak Queensland this week thunderstorms hit the country’s east coast.

With about four hurricanes crossing the coast, this season, which usually starts from November to April, typically results in about 11 cyclones that will affect Australian waters. BOM expert senior meteorologist said that the Queenslanders should prepare themselves for season-high peak normally in February.

Data from BOM shows that at least one tropical cyclone per year has passed through the coast since logging began in the 1970s. Meteorologist Rob Sharpe said that rain from the east coast would turn into intense thunderstorms over the weekend.

The meteorologist also said that there is an average or slightly above average cyclone is expected in the Australian region this season.

Meteorologists warn Australians to prepare for the ongoing hurricane season on the east coast. They said our tropical cyclone season starts in November, which runs from November to April, and usually will reach its peak in February.

West-central and South Queensland are still recovering from previous tornadoes and the severe cyclone storm that hit the area last month. The outlook for this year is that Queensland may see more tropical cyclones than we normally see in a typical year.

Experts said Queensland would have a heightened risk from the cyclone in the eastern part of the country. Further, they said we’re getting closer to the event, but I think it sends the message to be prepared. and make sure you’re ready wherever you are.

The metrologist said that the rain gave way to the sun, the extra heat would make conditions suitable for thunderstorms. It only takes one severe weather event to be life-threatening and so we are urging the people of Queensland to prepare themselves for increased storm risk.

Increased Flood Risk

 

The outlook for this year is affected by a double risk of forming a normal La Nia, warmer than average ocean temperatures north of Australia, and a negative dipole in the Indian Ocean. The area will experience another month of rain in the coming days with thunderstorms possible over Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Metrologists say there is also a significant risk of flooding this season. This year we are seeing different conditions where floods could peak earlier and last longer. Many of the southern and south-eastern basins were wetter than what we see today, so they were able to respond to rainfall more quickly. Southeast Queensland has faced major flooding on the final day with more than 70mm of rain last night and more expected to hit this afternoon.

Risk of Bushfires in Southeast

 

In the south and southeast, we also see grass growing due to the rain, so this area is also threatened by forest fires this season. Low rainfall has increased the risk of bushfires in the Capricornia areas. There is an increased risk of fire this season due to the dry nature of the forest there.

Fire and Emergency Relief Minister Mark Ryan said at Milton State School, which was badly damaged by the 2011 floods, is a reminder of the extreme weather events for which the people of Queensland must prepare.

The weather bureau warn Queensland to be aware of your weather conditions, know your risks and prepare for a bad Weather Forecast launched today and in conjunction with getting Ready Queensland Week.
Research shows that 57% of people in Queensland have an emergency plan, which is an increase from about 18% eight years ago, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

We also know that many people have moved to Queensland from other states this year and we welcome these new residents with open arms to our great state, but we also want to let them know that in Queensland storms can strike anywhere and in the world.

Unfortunately, it’s not a question of if, but when there will be bad weather somewhere in Queensland and so we all need to be prepared. Queensland was hit by 11 natural disasters in 50 local government areas last season alone, including hail, hurricanes, bushfires, and floods.

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