Residents clean up after a storm in Akeringa Pl, Mooloolaba.
Residents clean up after a storm in Akeringa Pl, Mooloolaba. Warren Lynam

SOAP BOX: Why storm warnings must be taken seriously

EVERY time storms are forecast you can almost guarantee someone will say "here we go again".

I get it. It's storm season; there are a lot of warnings, a lot of storms forecast, and every storm doesn't end up reaching every place within the forecast area.

It can be easy to get complacent when storms pass you by.

But it's so important not to ignore the warnings, or worse encourage others to do so.

Just because a storm is affecting only a small area, doesn't mean it can't destroy homes, and lives. A Mooloolaba street was torn apart earlier this year when a severe storm ripped through, and a Coolum Beach street was smashed by an isolated storm a couple of months ago.

It's better to batten down the hatches and get lucky when a storm passes through, than ignore the warnings and have the full force of strong winds, flooding rain, and/or hale catch you unprepared.

There are some things you can do to prepare your home before storms are imminent. You can find out what they are at the RACQ Get Ready Queensland website,

When the storms hit though, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise people to move your car under cover or away from trees; secure loose outdoor items; seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees; avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm; beware of fallen trees and powerlines; and for emergency assistance phone the SES on 132 500.

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