October 27, 2020

Summer of 2020 is predicted to be a wet and stormy one with La Niña set to create increased rainfall across Australia, warmer overnight temperatures (in the north) and greater tropical cyclone numbers.

According to The Bureau of Meteorology "Unlike El Niño years, the impacts of La Niña often continue into the warm months. In eastern Australia, the average December-March rainfall during La Niña years is 20% higher than the long-term average, with eight of the ten wettest such periods occurring during La Niña years. This is particularly notable for the east coast, which tends to be less affected by La Niña during the winter months but can experience severe flooding during La Niña summers.” 

“During La Niña, there are typically more tropical cyclones in the Australia region, with twice as many making landfall than during El Niño years on average. The first cyclone to cross the Australian coast also tends to occur earlier in the season. The only years with multiple severe tropical cyclone landfalls in Queensland have been La Niña years. This means an increased likelihood of major damage and flooding related to strong winds, high seas and heavy rains from tropical cyclones.”

RACQ recommends that we follow these steps to help prepare ourselves for the upcoming storm season, and minimise the damage to your belongings should a storm or severe weather event occur. 

  • Ensure trees and over hanging branches are cut back away from your house. 
  • Clean out the gutters of your house and secure loose tiles and seal leaks. 
  • Install cyclone compliant security screens to help prevent windows breaking. 
  • Tie down or store loose furniture. 
  • Move vehicles undercover and pets inside. 
  • Make sure you have surge protectors on all appliances, if in a cyclone prone area unplug all appliance and turn off electricity, gas and water. 
  • Prepare and emergency plan. 

Our ForceField security screen windows and doors have passed US Hurricane & pressure cycle test (AAMA 506-06/ASTM E1996/ASTM E1886), this test consists of a missile test and a pressure cycle test. The missile test (Level D) smashes a 4.1 kg piece of timber at the security screen at an impact speed of 54 km/h. The same security screen is then air pressure cycled – simulating various wind directions and wind speeds – 9,000 times at intervals of less than 5 seconds. View video

To help create a safer place at your place, we have included some links below to help you prepare for this season’s summer storms. 

Home Assist – get 24 hour assistance, for things such as burst pipes or a leaking roof, with your Household Insurance policy.

Bureau of Meteorology – get up to date weather warnings and forecasts for your area. 

Energex – find information on current outages. 131 962 to report fallen powerlines or electric shocks and 136 262 to report power interruptions. 

State Emergency Service (SES) – search and rescue operations and disaster response services to the Queensland community. Call 132 500 for assistance following severe storms or flooding.