Tropical Cyclone seasonal outlook for The Coral Sea

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal outlook for the 2014/15 wet season, reminding Queenslanders now is the time to prepare.

Current and forecast indicators point to a normal cyclone weather season, which typically runs from November to April and is just around the corner for Queensland.

Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Regional Director, Rob Webb, said a normal season in Queensland averages around four cyclones in the Coral Sea, with one of those crossing the coast. An additional tropical cyclone would typically occur in the Gulf.

"The Tropical Cyclone Outlook suggests the possibility of a slightly delayed start to the cyclone season, and near average activity, but we would urge communities not to become complacent," Mr Webb said.

"Each summer brings increased risk associated with severe weather. With warmer temperatures, there is more energy in the atmosphere and this fuels tropical cyclones, severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and a greater likelihood of flooding.

"It only takes one cyclone to ruin your summer, and if that cyclone crosses the cost in a heavily populated area the impact can be devastating.

"We've seen severe tropical cyclones impact the coast in years with similar indicators, so now is the time to make sure you're ready for the wet season."

Mr Webb said flooding is less likely to be widespread this season than is commonly seen in La Niña events, such as the summer of 2010–2011.

"It's important to remember that flooding is to be expected somewhere in Queensland every year and early preparation is the key.

"The severe thunderstorm season is also upon us and generally activity will increase throughout November into December in Southeast Queensland. Queenslanders know that severe thunderstorms can strike quickly and the impact can be devastating.

"Keep your eye on the latest forecasts, warnings and observations, particularly when thunderstorms are forecast. It also pays to keep one eye on the sky to make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather has to offer."

Mr Webb encouraged Queenslanders to use the spring weather to get prepared for the wet season, and make sure they have an emergency kit ready and importantly know where to get information in times of disaster.