Gladstone escapes fury as huge storms pound south-east
HUGE storms that hit Brisbane and much of south-east Queensland over the weekend largely missed Gladstone, despite the city being included in a severe thunderstorm warning on Sunday afternoon.
Gladstone region SES controller Doug Savage said Gladstone tended to miss the brunt of storms.
"Generally we're fairly lucky," he said.
"We have had some very extensive hailstorms come through Gladstone, which did an enormous amount of damage to all the older roofs.
"We can still get them the same as anywhere else."
Looking to our summer storm season, Mr Savage said things were not looking too dramatic.
"According to all the forecasts, this season is almost a normal season," he said.
"We're not expecting huge wets or huge drys in that period between the La Nina and El Nino."
Mr Savage said people shouldn't worry about strong weather events, but they should take all the usual precautions.
"Storms are a normal occurrence in summer," he said.
"Occasionally one wrecks and damages, but most give rain.
"Just wait and see. If the warnings come out for hail and damaging winds, then start to take notice.
"Also use your eyes and ears."
What's predicted this week:
- Possible thunderstorms early in the week.
- Rain later this week.