Like many areas of South East Queensland, Logan is subject to severe weather, such as storms, cyclones and east coast lows. The most common severe weather Logan faces are severe storms, which typically occur between September and March. Severe storms can produce damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.
Whilst cyclones are more infrequent, they still pose a low-to-moderate risk to the Logan community during the Australian cyclone season (November to April). Cyclones are low pressure systems that form over warm tropical waters and on average there are about 4.7 cyclones per year that affect the Queensland Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre Area of Responsibility. The majority of cyclone impacts are located in north Queensland, however this can result in heavy rain well to the south of the cyclone.
East Coast Lows
East coast lows are intense low pressure systems that occur of the eastern coast of Australia. Whilst they can occur at any time of the year, they are more common during late autumn and winter. East coast lows can be quite slow moving, which means that the effects, such as heavy widespread rainfall and flash flooding, usually lasts much longer.
Prepare yourself and your property
As severe weather can occur at any time of the year, it is important to think ahead and prepare in advance. Things you can do to be prepared for severe weather include:
- Prepare an emergency kit and have an emergency plan
- Trim trees and branches and clear garden debris
- Check/secure roofing
- Clean gutters and downpipes
- Identify loose objects in your yard and on your deck or balcony that may need to be secured or put away
When a storm or a cyclone is approaching, it is important to:
- Listen to your local radio/TV station for official advice and warnings
- Put valuables, medications, spare warm clothing etc. with your emergency kit
- Shelter and secure pets and animals
- Secure outdoor furniture and any other objects in your yard or on your deck or balcony
- Park vehicles undercover or cover them with tarpaulins or blankets
- Secure doors and windows and draw curtains
- Disconnect any unneeded electrical items
- Contact family to let them know and check on neighbours who may need assistance
Council takes a number of preparedness measures to ensure the City of Logan is ready for severe weather. This includes completing regular maintenance of vegetation near Council owned paths and visitor areas. Council also carries out weed control and rubbish removal along waterways.
For more information on severe weather, including storms, cyclones and east coast lows, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.