Logan is subject to severe weather, like storms, cyclones and east coast lows. Our most common severe weather is storms, which usually occur between September and March. Severe storms can produce damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding.
Cyclones pose a low to moderate risk to our community during the cyclone season, November to April. Cyclones are low-pressure systems that form over warm tropical waters. The majority of cyclones impact North Queensland, but they can result in heavy rainfall to the south, including Logan.
East coast lows
East coast lows are intense low pressure systems that occur off the eastern coast of Australia. They can occur at any time of the year, but are more common during late autumn and winter. East coast lows can be slow moving, which means heavy, widespread rainfall and flash flooding.
There are steps you can take to minimise the impact of severe weather.
Before severe weather:
- prepare an emergency kit and have an emergency plan
- trim trees and branches and clear garden debris
- check and secure roofing
- clean gutters and downpipes
- secure loose objects in your yard and on your deck or balcony
- For more tips on how to prepare your home please visit Preparing for an emergency.
During severe weather
- listen to your local radio or TV station for official advice and warnings
- put valuables, medications and spare warm clothes in 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 and blankets
- secure doors and windows and close curtains
- unplug any unneeded electrical items
- let your family know and check on neighbours who may need help.
We take many steps to make sure Logan is ready for severe weather:
- we complete regular maintenance of vegetation near Council-owned paths and visitor areas
- we carry out weed control and rubbish removal along waterways.
For more information about severe weather, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.