Wild Weather Forecast With More Cyclones And Floods
Severe weather outlook
Queenslanders are facing the prospect of an active cyclone season and the increased risk of flooding over the next six months, according to the Weather Bureau.
It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology [BOM] has released its severe weather outlook for summer with more severe storms forecast for the state's Far North.
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Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said the southeast also faces a higher bushfire risk this summer.
"Although we always hope for the best, you've got to expect the worst and plan for the worst," he said, "because that big weather is coming".
Furthermore, the Bureau's outlook is expecting an above average risk for cyclones for the north and flooding for the east.
Senior Climatologist Greg Browning implores that now is a good time to get homes ready with severe weather patterns potentially generating a more active cyclone season.
"Queensland sees about four tropical cyclones in a typical year," he warns.
"The outlook is suggesting there is about a 66 per cent chance of seeing above average numbers, so there is every chance we could see the normal four tropical cyclones in Queensland this season"
“The last two seasons we saw below-average tropical cyclone numbers, this season the outlook is suggesting there is a good chance we will see average or slightly above average,” he said.
The next four cyclones will be named Paddy, Ruby, Seth and Tiffany.
Meantime, kicking off this week is Get Ready Queensland Week, a time when residents across the sunshine state are urged to start preparing for disaster season.
More information and resources to help prepare for the severe weather season can be found here.
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