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Severe storms

Severe storms can occur anywhere in the Northern Territory. On average, each year severe storms are responsible for more damage, as measured by insurance costs, than tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods or bushfires.

Go to the Bureau of Meteorology website for warnings about severe storms.

Severe storms can occur anywhere in the Territory and do so much more frequently than any other major natural hazard. 

On average, each year severe storms cause more damage, as measured by insurance costs, than tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods or bushfires.

How to reduce risks from storms to you and your property

Severe storms can happen anywhere in the Northern Territory (NT) and do so more often than any other major natural hazard.

Severe storms are responsible for more damage than tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods or bushfires on average.

Before a storm

To minimise the risk from storms to you and your property, you should:

  • be prepared
  • have an emergency kit on hand, including a battery-operated radio, waterproof torch and spare batteries
  • keep a list of emergency numbers close by
  • secure loose items in your garden
  • clear your downpipes and guttering
  • store poisons above ground level in case of flash floods.

During a storm

During a storm, you should:

  • stay inside and away from windows
  • listen to your radio for storm updates
  • if outdoors, find safe shelter
  • do not shelter under trees or metal structures
  • make sure your pets are safe.

After a storm

After a storm you should:

  • check your house for damage
  • beware of fallen power lines
  • check trees for damage and stability
  • listen to your radio for further weather information
  • check on your neighbours if it is safe to do so.

For further information about severe thunderstorms, go to the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Read more about what you should do after a cyclone or disaster.