Flooding in Beerwah.
Flooding in Beerwah. Shaun Rogers

Thunderstorms clear but the big wet isn't over yet

THE thunderstorms have dissipated in south east Queensland, but residents are urged to brace for flooding.

An initial flood warning has been sent out for Noosa, Maroochy and Mooloolah Rivers.

Coochin Creek is at major flood levels.

BOM has cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning but a severe weather warning still remains for the Sunshine Coast, the Wide Bay and Burnett and parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt areas.

5:00 PM Parts of the Coast and Caboolture cop 300mm of rain

PARTS of the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture have recorded up to 300mm of rain in the last three hours, but the weather is expected to now contract south towards the Gold Coast this evening.

Heavy rain leading to flash flooding is expected over areas of the southeast corner, from about Noosa to Gold Coast and from Toowoomba to Stanthorpe. 

Further falls of 50 to 150mm are likely, with isolated falls between 200 to 300mm possible, mainly about the coast and with thunderstorms.

Currently, the heaviest rain is located between Caboolture and Brisbane, where falls in excess of 100mm per hour have been recorded.

Isolated falls of 200 to 300mm have been recorded around the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture region in the last 3 hours.

The rain is forecast to contract south and move off the Gold Coast by Saturday morning.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible near coastal areas as the low moves southwards. Wind gusts of 105 km/h has been recorded at Cape Moreton at 3.43pm. 

The low is likely to generate large swells causing dangerous surf about the Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches. The dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion for these areas. Water levels could exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre during this evening's high tide. 

A Flood Watch is current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Caboolture, Maroochydore, Noosa, Warwick, and Stanthorpe.

The Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain and damaging wind for the Wide Bay and Burnett district have been cancelled, though Dangerous Surf and Abnormally High Tides are still possible for the Fraser Island east coast.

3:45 PM: Storms: Hinterland and Caboolture to be hit within the hour

AT 3:45 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Caboolture, Peachester, Landsborough, Crohamhurst, Maleny and Montville.

They are forecast to affect Strathpine, Kallangur, Wamuran and Mapleton by 4:15 pm and Aspley, Albany Creek, Brighton, Lake Samsonvale, Beachmere and Palmwoods by 4:45 pm.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.

Rainfall totals of more than 100mm per hour have been recored in the area.

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2:40 PM

WHILE weather conditions are expected to ease across Queensland tonight, very dangerous thunderstorms have been detected on the radar near Caboolture and Beachmere.

The low pressure system that has caused two days of rain for much of  south east Queensland  is expected to move south over the NSW Northern Rivers and Mid North Coasts on Saturday.

However at 2:25 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms and slow moving thunderstorms were seen heading towards Caboolture and Beachmere.

They are expected to affect Strathpine, Lake Samsonvale and Scarborough by 2.55pm and Redcliffe, Deception Bay waters and Wamuran by 3.25 pm. 

Falls of over 90mm have been recorded near the Caboolture area in the last hour. 

Queensland Regional Director Rob Webb said that rain has been falling across much of the southeast today and is expected to increase as the low moves south.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Tweed River and rivers along the coast from Maryborough extending into northern New South Wales as far south Nelson Bay.

Flood Watches have also been issued for some inland Rivers near the Queensland and NSW border.

"We are expecting to see significant and widespread rainfall in the range of 50 to 150mm, and localised falls of 200-300mm cannot be ruled out - particularly along the coast," Mr Webb said.

"With such heavy falls there is the potential for flooding, and we may see rapid rises of creeks and rivers," he said.

Coastal gales and locally damaging winds will see large waves and dangerous beach conditions, with sea levels potentially above the highest for the year on the high tide this evening.

12:00 PM : Weather bureau says another 200-300mm of rain likely

Heavy rain started to fall again on the Sunshine Coast as the weather bureau warned of big seas, strong winds and potential flooding.

A surface low is expected to deepen near Fraser Island and move southwards along Queensland's south coast during the evening and overnight, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

"The low is supported by a strong upper trough moving across the southern Queensland. The upper trough together with the low will move away from the south coast during Saturday.

"Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected over areas of the southeast corner, from about Bundaberg to Dalby to Stanthorpe.

"Further falls of 50 to 150mm are likely, with isolated falls between 200 to 300mm possible, mainly about the coast and with thunderstorms.

"Falls of between 100mm to 200mm have been recorded around the Sunshine Coast region since yesterday.

HERE comes the rain... the Bureau of Meteorology radar at lunchtime on Friday.
HERE comes the rain... the Bureau of Meteorology radar at lunchtime on Friday.

"The heavy rain areas should contract towards the Gold Coast by later tonight and are expected to move off the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.

"Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible near coastal areas as the low moves southwards later today and tonight.

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"The low is likely to generate large swells causing dangerous surf about the Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches.

"The dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion for these areas. Water levels could exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre during this evening's high tide.

A Flood Watch is current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Caboolture, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Kingaroy and Stanthorpe.

The Severe Weather Warning for the Central Highlands and Coalfields has now been cancelled. 

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Gold Coast to Hervey Bay to cop brunt of heavy rain today

The Sunshine Coast has already experienced 150 to 200mm of rain over the past 30 hours but the weather bureau says there is more to come as a surface trough deepens near Fraser Island later on Friday.

In its Friday morning advice, the Bureau of Meteorology said a strong upper trough will move east into the southeastern interior of Queensland today and then will move off the southern coast during Saturday.

"Heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected to develop later today over areas southeast of about Hervey Bay to Taroom to Stanthorpe.

"Further falls of 50 to around 150mm are possible over inland parts, and 200 to around 300mm on and east of the Great Dividing Range.

"As of 4:30am Friday, falls of 150 to 200mm have already been experienced around the Sunshine Coast over the past 30 hours.

"The heavy rain areas should contract southeast towards the Gold Coast late today, and are expected to ease around the Gold Coast by late tonight.

"Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible this afternoon near coastal areas as the low passes along, or near the coast."

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The low will also generate large swells as it slips southwards today and early Saturday, with dangerous surf expected about Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches.

Water levels in these areas could exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre on Friday evening's high tide.

The dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion for these areas today and early Saturday.

A Flood Watch is current for parts of the Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Caboolture, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy, Miles, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Stanthorpe, Fraser Island and Hervey Bay waters. 

UPDATE: THE latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast shows a strong upper trough will move through Queensland tomorrow, bringing up 150mm of rain to inland areas and up to 400mm near the coast. 

A severe weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rain, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf exists for people in the Southeast Coast, parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfileds, the Wide Bay and Burnett as well as the Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

The trough is predicted to move into the south eastern interior of Queensland on Friday, then move off the southern coast on Saturday. 

A surface trough will deepen near Fraser Island during Friday, with a low pressure system most likely developing and slipping southwards over southern Queensland waters during Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

A moist wind flow to the south of the surface trough is expected to combine with the upper feature to generate heavy rain, which may lead to flash flooding, over areas southeast of about Hervey Bay to Taroom to Stanthorpe.

Event totals of 50 to 150mm are likely over inland parts, increasing to 200 to 400mm nearer to the coast with some isolated heavier falls possible.

The heavy rain areas should contract southeast during Friday, gradually clearing the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible from tomorrow afternoon near coastal areas as the surface trough develops offshore.

The low will also most likely generate large swells as it slips southwards during Friday and early Saturday, with dangerous surf developing about Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches.

Water levels in these areas could exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre on Friday evening's high tide.

The dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion for these areas during Friday and early Saturday.

A Flood Watch is current for parts of the Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Caboolture, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy, Miles, Noosa, Hervey Bay, Stanthorpe, Fraser Island and Hervey Bay waters. 

12:00 PM: Severe weather warning: Queensland facing 400mm of rain

QUEENSLAND is facing up to 400mm of rain and flash flooding as a surface trough deepens near Fraser Island during Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology, in an advice issued at 11.30am on Thursday, said a strong upper trough would move east into the southern  interior of Queensland on Friday and then will move off the southern coast during Saturday.

"A surface trough will deepen near Fraser Island during Friday, with a low pressure system most likely developing and slipping southwards over southern Queensland waters during Friday evening and Saturday morning.

"A moist wind flow to the south of the surface trough is expected to combine with the upper feature to generate heavy rain,'' the severe weather warning said.

There may be  flash flooding, over areas southeast of about Hervey Bay to Dalby to Warwick on Friday.

"24 hour totals of 50 to 150mm are likely over inland parts, increasing to 200 to 400mm nearer to the coast with some isolated heavier falls possible."

The heavy rain areas should contract southeast during Friday, gradually clearing the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.

On the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs recorded almost 100m in the past 24 hours to 9am. It was the same in Yandina where 98mm has dowsed the area.

The rainfall was a little lighter in the hinterland suburbs of Maleny and Montville which only received 24mm in the 24-hour period. 

Queensland is facing up to 400mm of rain in some parts.
Queensland is facing up to 400mm of rain in some parts. Trevor Veale

Wind gusts in excess of 60kmh are battering Toowoomba  as the wild weather forecast by authorities rolls over the region.. Thick flog shrouded the region on Thursday morning.

A flood watch is in place for the Capricornia weather region, which includes Gladstone.

Showers, storms and rain areas associated with a trough and low pressure system are expected over the flood watch area from Thursday to early Saturday.

In its latest advice, BOM says damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h are possible from Friday afternoon near coastal areas as the surface trough develops offshore.

The low will also most likely generate large swells as it slips southwards during Friday and early Saturday, with dangerous surf developing about Fraser Island, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast beaches.

Locally heavy falls are also expected today though are more likely to be associated with thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued as necessary.

A Flood Watch is current for parts of the Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett, Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy and Hervey Bay waters.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:30 pm.

Separate warning issued in New South Wales

A SEVERE thunderstorm warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday morning with large hailstorms and potential flash flooding predicted for the Northern Rivers.

Already parts of the coast have been hit with heavy falls and flash flooding in the early hours of this morning.

The Bureau noted that Wooli River Caravan Park on the Clarence Coast south of Yamba recorded 75mm between 8am and 9am.


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