Be prepared for wet weather this Australia Day long weekend
  • Friday 25 January 2013

As ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald heads south towards the Sunshine Coast, residents and visitors are reminded to be prepared, tune into weather warnings and to stay safe over the coming Australia Day long weekend.

Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Coordinator, Alan (Fox) Rogers said the Bureau of Meteorology four day forecast is for the low to continue to move southwards, staying close to the coast possibly resulting in heavy rain and strong winds across the Sunshine Coast this weekend.

“Both residents and visitors should keep a close eye on the Bureau's forecasts and weather warnings during this period,” Fox Rogers said.

“Severe weather warnings at this time of the year remind us of the need to be prepared for the effects of heavy rain, strong winds and possible localised flooding.

“Roads often become flooded before water affects homes, so it is important that you stay informed about local road conditions. Not only do flooded waters rise quickly, making travel dangerous, but they are an indicator that homes may be impacted.

“And remember - regardless of the type of car you drive, driving into flood waters is dangerous - so ‘If it’s flooded, forget it!’

For full information on how to be prepared and to stay informed about current warnings and alerts log onto council’s website.

Regularly updated Bureau of Meteorology weather warnings are also available via:

  • Bureau of Meteorology website
  • Radio - tune into your local station
  • Television - watch out for televised weather updates
  • QLD ALERT - website

For emergencies contact:

  • Life threatening emergencies - (Police/Fire/Ambulance) - 000 (mobiles 000 and 112)
  • Flooding - State Emergency Service (SES) - 132 500
  • Fallen power lines - Energex - 13 19 62
  • Traffic information – Transport and Main roads – 13 19 40

Residents are also advised to check Council's website for road closures.