More rain likely
  • Tuesday 01 February 2011

The Sunshine Coast is likely to receive more rain this week following ex-Tropical Cyclone Anthony’s land-fall near Townsville.

Rain and windy conditions from the ex-cyclone, now downgraded to a low pressure system, are likely to affect the Coast from tomorrow or Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology, as at Monday morning, has forecast wet and windy conditions from then and through the weekend.

Cyclone Yasi is currently located near Vanuatu and forecast to move west into the Coral Sea tomorrow. At this stage it will possibly bring more rain to the Coast, however computer modelling of its movements suggests it is not expected to encroach directly upon South East Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast has not been issued with any severe weather warnings, but given the amount of rain already experienced in our region flooding may be possible, and Sunshine Coast Council is on standby to re-activate its Disaster Management Team should it be necessary.

Meanwhile, residents are asked to do their bit by ensuring they minimise potential damage to their own properties by clearing any blocked drains and gutters.

Beaches may be affected by weather conditions and the public is asked to follow lifeguard instructions before swimming.

The council website contains useful information on what to do in difficult weather conditions, and council can be contacted on 1300 72 72 or 5475 7272 twenty-four hours a day in an emergency. It will be updated regularly to show current conditions and any warnings. You can also email council through customerservice@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au .

In a life-threatening emergency residents should always dial triple-zero (000) first.

The State Emergency Services 24-hour number is 132500 should you require assistance as a result of fallen trees, roof damage or similar mishap.