Rug up and pack a brolly as wet chill de­scends upon us

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

IP­SWICH is in line for an­other wet, soggy and cold week­end.

Fore­cast­ers ex­pect a very high chance of rain across Ip­swich, Scenic Rim, Lock­yer Val­ley and Som­er­set ar­eas to­day, with up to 25mm fall­ing in some parts and up to 9mm next week. A chance of show­ers will re­main un­til Thurs­day. Tem­per­a­tures will strug­gle to reach 20C at its peak to­day but will warm up to a chilly 22C on Sun­day, well be­low the Oc­to­ber av­er­age of 28.5C.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice act­ing se­nior op­er­a­tion su­per­vi­sor West More­ton Matt Hunter said the wet weather and re­cent storms were re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of in­ci­dents dur­ing the week in which light­ning struck build­ings.

He said one man in his 50s had suf­fered an elec­tric shock in his home.

“He was re­ported to be us­ing a phone charger and light­ning struck the premises,” Mr Hunter said.

“We were also called to a res­i­dence in Coominya where an­other (build­ing) was struck by light­ning.

“We as­sessed all of the res­i­dents and oc­cu­pants of the house and no­body was in­jured, nor did they re­quire any trans­port to hos­pi­tal from the in­ci­dent.”

Mr Hunter said the com­mu­nity should pre­pare for storm sea­son.

“Pre­pare your prop­erty and things around it like loose de­bris and any­thing that can be picked up in a storm,” he said.

“If there is light­ning about, seek shel­ter in­side and avoid pools of wa­ter, any high lo­ca­tion or metal ob­jects, things that will at­tract light­ning.”

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