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Qld prepares for flash flooding in summer

Queenslanders are being urged to be on guard for the upcoming summer storm season, with a wet catchment increasing the risk of flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology says southeast Queensland's catchments are currently more rain-soaked than they were before the devastating 2011 floods due to a wetter than usual winter.

But the bureau's acting regional director Bruce Gunn says forecasters aren't expecting a repeat of that event this summer.

"The catchments are probably wetter than they were in 2010," Mr Gunn said.

"But what we have yet to see is the rains continuing on into the whole of spring like we did in 2010, and that was driven by an emerging La Nina system at the end of 2010 which we're not predicting at this stage."

Mr Gunn said there's likely to be more cyclones than average in Queensland this summer bringing another set of risks.

BOM modelling suggests a 60 per cent chance of exceeding the average number of cyclones this summer, which translates to between two to six cyclones in the Coral Sea and up to two in the Gulf of Carpenteria.

Mr Gunn joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, and RACQ chief executive Paul Turner in launching the RACQ Get Ready Week today.

Mr Turner said while Queenslanders are no strangers to wild weather, they should not be complacent.

"This is the year when we want to have a fatality-free summer season when it comes to cars being dragged off roads and bridges due to floodwaters," he said.

AAP

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