Storms and floods

Severe storms are more common than any other natural hazard. They are often unpredictable and can cause major damage to property, as well as serious injury and even loss of life. They occur regularly in South East Queensland between September and March and can produce damaging winds, hail, lightening and flash floods. Storm surges are often associated with major weather events such as east coast lows and tropical cyclones.

Floods can occur almost anywhere in Queensland and can rise over days, or in minutes in a ‘flash flood’. Don’t enter floodwater – even water 30 cm deep could sweep you off your feet and there is a high probability that flood water will be polluted and harmful to your health.

The only way to stay safe is to stay out of floodwater. Remember, if it’s flooded, forget it!