Residents reminded to get ready as storms lash south-east

GLADSTONE residents are being reminded to register for a free early warning weather alert as the worst storms this season hit south-east Queensland.

Thunderstorms have already affected large swathes of north-eastern NSW and have spread through the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and into the south-east coast, with damaging winds and hail stones predicted.

The thunderstorm activity is expected to contract further north into the Wide Bay and Burnett and Capricornia districts during Wednesday.

According to the Gladstone forecast, there are Isolated showers and the chance of thunderstorms in the south from Tuesday afternoon, with possible thunderstorms expected on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Bureau of Meteorology Senior Meteorologist Michelle Berry asked people to keep up to date with the latest information.

"Given the increased threat from the weather, it's important to make sure you have the latest information, so stay tuned to local radio and track the weather and warnings on the bureau's website," Miss Berry said. 

Gladstone Regional Council has launched a free early warning weather system to alert people to the danger of damaging storms, floods and other serious events such as bushfires.

The Gladstone Region Early Warning Network Alert Service is available via the council's website here.

Residents who register for the free service receive warnings via SMS to mobiles, email, voicemail to landlines and web alerts that relate specifically to their registered location.

Resident also are reminded to prepare their homes for the coming storm season.

Emergency Management Queensland Gladstone area director Patrick Downing said natural disasters were inevitable, but by making sure you were prepared, you could save a lot of hard work later on.

"Whether it's a storm, flood, fire or cyclone, there are plenty of small things you can do to be more resilient and recover quickly following the event," Mr Downing said.

"Take the time now to establish an evacuation plan and kit in case you have to leave your home quickly.

"Talk to your neighbours and work as a community to identify weaknesses and issues in your area and try to address them. Becoming more resilient is a community responsibility.

"State Emergency Service volunteers are there to help when needed during an emergency, but you can reduce their workload and free up their time to assist more vulnerable residents by taking action now."

For further information and tips on how to get ready for the storm season, visit www.getready.qld.gov.au.