What is Severe Weather?
On the Australian continent severe weather can range from isolated thunderstorms to intense low pressure systems affecting thousands of square kilometres. Large scale deep low pressure systems cause widespread flash flooding and gale to storm force winds extending over 400 to 1,000 square kilometres.
Severe weather includes:
- intense low pressure systems
- storm wind gusts
Severe storms are estimated to cost A$284 million per annum Bureau of Transport and Economics, 2001. This represents one quarter of the average annual cost of natural disasters in Australia. In terms of insured costs, severe storms are responsible for more damage than tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods or bushfires.
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