Sunshine Coast and Gympie avoid another severe thunderstorm

THE Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions have once again avoided wild weather as severe thunderstorms fizzle out.

A severe weather warning for south-east Queensland was cancelled just after 6pm.

The warning had listed Sunshine Coast and Gympie in the firing line for thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hailstones.

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Earlier today, Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Director of Disaster Management Brian Cox asked people within south east Queensland to ensure their homes were prepared.

 

The Bureau of Meteorology says a severe thunderstorm is set to impact the Sunshine Coast and Gympie.
The weather warning earlier on this evening.

 

"Either tonight or first thing tomorrow put loose garden furniture and toys inside and secure items which can't be moved, such as trampolines and swing sets. Ensure your animals have shelter and are secured and that your vehicles are under solid shelter or covered," Mr Cox said.

"Disconnect all electrical items, external television and radio aerials and computer modems.

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"When the storms strike stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights. If you have no choice but to be outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter and never under trees. If you're driving stop clear of trees, power lines and streams."

Mr Cox said it was not uncommon for power to also be lost during severe thunderstorms so make sure you have the basic items, such as a torch, medications and food and water close by.

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"Now is also a prime time to ensure your emergency kit is well stocked and up to date," he said.

"After the storm passes always be aware of fallen powerlines, trees and flooded watercourses. If it's flooded, forget it."

For flood and storm assistance contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 and for a life-threatening emergency always call triple zero (000).

For further information and tips on how to Get Ready and to register for your own personalised step-by-step plan visit www.getready.qld.gov.au/