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Another big wet on the way for Gold Coast

Parts of Queensland are on flood watch following heavy rainfall as part of a surface trough which is set to impact most of the state.

The Mt Isa show was cancelled, but locals were excited to see the outback town cop a drenching.

While dry towns including Longreach and Charleville have rejoiced in the welcome drop.

The heaviest falls, up to 70mm, are forecast to hit the southeast corner late Sunday.

It comes just two weeks after the Gold Coast and much of eastern Australia was saturated by a severe weather event.

Forecaster Mark Trenorden has told myGC this time it won’t be as vicious and it’s not coinciding with king tides.

“We’ll see showers increasing to rain, with possibly severe storms packing some strong wind gusts,” Mr Trenorden said.

“(We can expect) widespread falls in the range of 20-70mm and some isolated storms with thunderstorms greater than 100mm.”

“One thing in our favour this time is that we had the higher tide a fortnight ago.”

With the chance of flash flooding in some areas, drivers are reminded to steer clear of the danger.

Road damage still causing headaches for Gold Coast motorists

UPDATE 920AM: A large crack has opened up on Hope Island Road westbound before you get onto the M1 on ramp heading south.

The damage is at the intersection and is extensive.  It is hard to avoid if you’re travelling that way.

A road crew is expected to head out to carry out repairs.

Gold Coast-Springbrook Road is expected to remain closed between Neranwood bridge and Pine Creek Road until at least Wednesday 8 June. Access to Springbrook is via Pine Creek Road.

JUST IN: Beware if you’re travelling on Tweed Valley Way in Tumbulgum, it is still underwater.

A driver told MY GC someone has moved the signage, advising the road is closed, out of the way so cars can get through.

Only problem is, not everyone is making it through.

UPDATE 630AM: There are still a few roads affected by floodwater from the wild weather event on Saturday.

Below is the latest from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

PACIFIC MOTORWAY
TANAH MERAH
Congestion Inbound
All lanes affected
Delays expected. Proceed with caution.
To Underwood.
Last updated: 06 Jun 2016 05:47
Information provided by Department of Transport and Main Roads.

SPRINGBROOK ROAD
SPRINGBROOK
Debris or vegetation Hazard All directions
Near Forestry Road.
Two lanes blocked
Proceed with caution.
Tree across road
Last updated: 06 Jun 2016 04:37
Information provided by Department of Transport and Main Roads.

CUNNINGHAM HIGHWAY
FASSIFERN
Debris or vegetation Hazard Both Directions
Helipad area.
All lanes affected
No delays expected. Proceed with caution.
Last updated: 06 Jun 2016 00:55
Information provided by Department of Transport and Main Roads.

TALLEBUDGERA CONNECTION ROAD
TALLEBUDGERA
Water over road Hazard Both Directions
Near Andrews Rd.
No blockage
No delays expected. Proceed with caution.
Last updated: 05 Jun 2016 12:35
Information provided by Department of Transport and Main Roads.

CHARDON BRIDGE ROAD
CEDAR CREEK
Beaudesert-Beenleigh Rd side only
Closed to all vehicles
Do not drive in flood waters.
Last updated: 05 Jun 2016
Next update: 08 Jun 2016

Information provided by Department of Transport and Main Roads.

GOLD COAST SPRINGBROOK ROAD
SPRINGBROOK
Road closed between Neranwood Bridge and Pine Creek Road.
Closed to all vehicles
Use alternative route.
Last updated: 05 Jun 2016
Next update: 08 Jun 2016

 

UPDATE 11AM | Many Gold Coast roads have reopened, but some are still affected by Saturday’s severe weather event.

The following list is provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and was current at 11AM on Sunday.

  • Birds Road, Guanaba – Closed to all vehicles between Equestrian Drive and Abbott Court.
  • Springbrook Rd at Springbrook – One lane closed in each direction near Pine Creek Rd due to a landslip.
  • Tallebudgera Connection Road – Closed to all vehicles near Andrews Road.
  • Hope Island Road, Hope Island – Water over the road in the eastbound lanes near Cova Bvd.

Tweed River on flood watch, beaches closed following deluge

The sun has finally appeared over the Gold Coast following a severe weather event that saw torrential rain dumped over 24-hours.

The strong upper trough soaked the region, with falls of around 260mm recorded in Upper Springbrook in the Hinterland and at Coolangatta Airport.

Local beaches also copped a pounding with erosion affecting most of the coastline.

Froggies on the southern end of the Gold Coast is a pool of foam. Image: myGC

Froggies on the southern end of the Gold Coast is a pool of foam. Image: myGC

Beaches will remain closed on Sunday.

Beach erosion at Snapper Rocks. Image: myGC

Beach erosion at Snapper Rocks. Image: myGC

The weather system moved south late on Saturday, sparking a flood evacuation order for Fingal Head, south of Tweed Heads.

There were fears the Tweed River would break its banks, with a flood watch still in place.

In nearby Murwillumbah, five people had to be rescued after their car got caught in flash floodwaters.

The system is continuing to move south with the worst of the weather to pound Newcastle and Sydney on Sunday morning.

UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning cancelled

UPDATE 11AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for south east Queensland.

“The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed,” the bureau says.

However, the Gold Coast is expected to continue to received some decent rainfall, before the sky starts to clear come night fall.

“A surface trough is deepening near the Sunshine Coast, with a low pressure system possibly developing and slipping southwards over southern Queensland waters during the day and most likely moving offshore or into New South Wales late today,” the warning states.

“Three hour rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are possible.”

“The heavy rain will continue to contract southeast during the remainder of today as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane in the next hour or two, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.”

Gold Coasters are being urged to stay inside and put off any road trips.

“Dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion [could develop] about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.”

The extreme weather and heavy downpours have led to dangerous road conditions with drivers encouraged to delay trips.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said QFES was prepared and ready to aid the community when needed.

“We encourage Queenslanders to stay indoors, but if you need to travel before you set out it’s vital to have a Plan B in place, including identifying alternative routes,” Mr Roche said.

“The message is simple: if it’s flooded, forget it. The size of your car and driving ability will not affect the threat posed by floodwaters.

Residents who require storm and flood assistance should contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

TRAFFIC ISSUES:
Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain – debris after Geissmann Drive, affecting all directions
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Neranwood – water over the Mudgeeraba Causeway, affecting both directions
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Springwood – power lines down, affecting both directions
Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley – tree in lanes outside Chesters Road, affecting southbound
Pacific Motorway, Ormeau – multi-vehicle crash, affecting northbound traffic
Mooball-Pottsville Road, Tweed Heads -closed with water over the road

Gold Coasters shiver through their coldest morning since last winter

Gold Coasters have shivered through their coldest morning since last winter, with the mercury diving into the single digits along parts of the coast.

It felt as though winter had arrived early in the city’s south where, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, temperatures in Coolangatta dipped to a chilly five degrees just before 6.30am.

That’s an incredible nine degrees below average for this time of year.

It was slightly warmer further north at Southport, with the Gold Coast Seaway recording 12 degrees at 6.20am. The average morning temperature for May at the Seaway is 15 degrees.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, the mercury dropped to 9 degrees, making it the coldest morning of the year in the capital, while towns on the Darling Downs almost reached freezing point as temperatures plummeted to near zero degrees.

The crisp conditions are set to ease along the coast, however, with sunny skies set to prevail.

Surfers Paradise is tipped to hit a high of 26 today, Coolangatta 25 and Nerang and Coomera 27.

The weather bureau says despite this morning’s unusually cold start, picture perfect sunny conditions will stick around for at least the next five days, with top temps forecast in the mid to high 20s and overnight lows getting down to around 15-16 degrees.

Coolangatta’s lowest May temperature was recorded back in the year 2000 when the mercury dipped to just 1.2 degrees.

The lowest May temperature ever recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway was 6.6 in 2004.