Stay indoors as wild weather hits the Coast
  • Saturday 04 June 2016

Sunshine Coast residents and visitors are strongly urged to remain indoors and off the roads as severe weather passes through the region today.

Latest weather forecasts remain consistent with earlier predictions that the Sunshine Coast may receive rainfall of up to 250mm or more within 24 hours, with abnormally high tides, dangerous surf and damaging winds.

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will remain activated throughout the weekend.

Acting Local Disaster Coordinator John Gallina said although no reports of damage had been received so far, the worst of the conditions was still to come, most likely between 10am and 4pm today.

“The weather can change very quickly so it’s important the community takes every precaution until this system passes through,” Mr Gallina said.

“We have very dangerous conditions on our roads and on our beaches which are all currently closed.

“So far we have had just under 900 power outages reported across the Sunshine Coast and the SES has received one request for assistance.

“Two flights to Sunshine Coast Airport have been cancelled and while there are currently no road closures, this could change as the heavy rain and strong winds continue.

“Our strong advice is to stay indoors and minimise road travel as we wait for the conditions to ease later this evening.

“Council’s Disaster Hub site has all the information needed to be prepared before, during and after a severe weather event – including weather warnings and road closures.”

Further updates will be issued as required.

You should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees
  • Secure loose outdoor items
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
  • Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas
  • Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items. For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.