Residents batten down the hatches

  HUNDREDS of people started heading south on Monday in preparation for the looming category four cyclone set to hit the coast tonight (Wednesday), but those who chose to stay should make sure they are well prepared.

Emergency Management Queensland assistant director general Bruce Grady said it was not just destructive winds which were likely to result from this system, but also there was a possibility of heavy rain and flooding.

"Regardless of your choice to stay or leave, check that your house, in particular the roof, is in good condition, trim tree branches clear of the house, clean gutters, clear property of debris and discuss your plans with your family," he said.

"Take the time now to check your emergency kit.

"This should contain a first aid kit, torch, battery operated radio, spare batteries, matches, waterproof bags, necessary medication, spare clothing, valuables, canned food, water supplies and timber strips, hammers and nails for temporary repairs.

"A list of emergency numbers, as well as important documentation should also be placed in this kit," he said. "Finally, be sure to have important electrical devices like mobile phones fully charged in case you need them during power outages."

Preparation list

  •  Tape windows
  •  Make sure you have torches, batteries, candles and a battery operated radio
  •  Stock up on bottled water, canned food and a first aid kit
  •  Get cash before power goes out
  • Fill cars with fuel.

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