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Whitsundays in storm warning zone

By Mark Beale

WHITSUNDAY residents are being warned to prepare for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms expected to hit the region over the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned that areas along the east coast from Townsville to the New South Wales border, extending inland to Charters Towers and Charleville, may be impacted by heavy rainfall, thunderstorm activity, flash flooding and riverine flooding, from now until this Saturday, January 24.

Emergency Management Assistant Commissioner, Steve Grant, said residents should be aware of the risks and take steps to ensure they were prepared for prolonged severe weather.

“In particular we want to remind pedestrians and motorists in affected areas: if it’s flooded, forget it,” he said.

“With wet weather predicted for most of this week, keep up to date with warnings for your area via the Bureau and be prepared.”

Local are advised to secure outdoor items, park cars under shelter, check over emergency kits, disconnect electrical items prior to storms and pay attention to any advice and warnings.

For emergency flood and storm assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.

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