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Saturday, October 8, 2011

EMQ safety advice regarding severe weather warning

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Emergency Management Queensland is advising residents in the areas of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts to prepare for severe weather today.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning areas over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie and Kingaroy.

EMQ wishes to advise residents to:

-Move your car under cover or away from trees.
-Secure loose outdoor items.
-Shelter and secure animals.
-Avoid driving, walking or riding through floodwaters.
-Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
-Keep valuables, medications, spare clothing in plastic bags and have your emergency kit handy.
-Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
-Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

EMQ advises residents to stay tuned to their local radio for further advice. They should also check on their neighbours to ensure they are aware a warning has been issued.

EMQ is urging the community to avoid entering floodwaters by car or on foot. It only takes 15 centimetres of fast running flood water to knock a person off their feet, and only 60 centimetres of water to sweep a four-wheel-drive off a flooded road.

Residents are reminded to call the State Emergency Service for emergency assistance relating to storm damage on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, they should call Triple Zero (000).