As the winter weather intensifies, so does the risk of a severe storm in Queensland. At Independent Tree Services, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions from the Bureau of Meteorology website to keep you informed about how to act in a severe weather event.
There are two types of severe storms that we experience in Queensland – thunderstorms and land gales.
Thunderstorms can produce hail, wind gusts, flash floods, tornadoes, and lightning that can cause death, injury, and damage to property.
Thunderstorms are more common and generally more dangerous than land gales. Land gales are simply gale force winds that occur over the land.
What is Storm Surge?
A storm surge is a rise above the normal water level along a shore resulting from strong onshore winds and/or reduced atmospheric pressure. Storm surges accompany a tropical cyclone as it comes ashore. They may also be formed by intense low-pressure systems in non-tropical areas.
When does it typically flood in Queensland?
Every year. As well as the environmental impacts they create, floods impose substantial risk to residential, commercial, educational, recreational, cultural and industrial buildings, damage to infrastructure, damage to stock, equipment and facilities, injury and death.
What you can do to prepare for severe storm season?
At Independent Tree Services, we offer a peace of mind approach when inspecting your home for possible storm hazards. We recommend you:
- Trim trees, remove overhanging branches and clear gutters and downpipes, clear yard of loose materials and rubbish.
- Check your roof is in good repair. Secure loose roof tiles or sheets of iron.
- Protect skylights with wire mesh and fit glass windows and doors with shutters or insect screens.
What can you do when a severe storm strikes?
Stay inside and shelter well clear of windows, doors and skylights. If the building starts to break up, shelter in the strongest part (cellar, internal room, hallway or built-in wardrobe) under a mattress, doona or a strong table or bench.
If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter.
If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines and streams, and don’t use a fixed telephone during a severe storm due to lightning danger.
What can you do after a severe storm has hit?
Listen to your local radio for official advice and warnings before checking for structural property damage and cover with plastic sheeting.
Beware of fallen power lines and trees, damaged buildings, flooded watercourses.
For more information on preparing your home this winter, contact Independent Tree Services on, (07) 3888 4202.