UPDATE @ 7.45 AM | More than 4000 homes across the Gold Coast are now without power, as torrential rain and gale-force winds bear down on the city.
Labrador and Southport appear to be the worst affected suburbs at the moment, with more than 1322 homes blacked out in Labrador and 923 properties in Southport.
More than 764 homes and businesses in Nerang are also in darkness, with 527 properties in Tallebudgera Valley also without power.
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The suburbs of Ashmore, Molendinar, Mudgeeraba, Bonogin, Lower Beechmont, Springbrook, Steiglitz, and Tallebudgera have also been affected.
The power outage is also causing chaos for motorists, with traffic lights in those areas also flashing.
EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | Hundreds of homes across the Gold Coast have woken to darkness this morning, with a severe weather event causing chaos across the city.
More than 427 homes and businesses, mainly in the Gold Coast hinterland, have been affected by the mass power outage.
The majority are in Lower Beechmont where 137 properties have been blacked out, while residents in Bonogin, Mudgeeraba, Natural Bridge, Numinbah Valley and Springbrook have also been impacted.
A fresh severe weather warning for damaging winds, abnormally high tides, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf conditions has this morning been issued for the Gold Coast, with the weather bureau warning the worst is yet to come.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a surface trough is deepening off the southeast Queensland coast, with a low pressure system likely to form and approach us this morning.
Rainfall is expected to increase through this morning, with some intense falls likely again about the Gold Coast Hinterland and Border Ranges.
“Six-hourly rainfall totals of 100mm to 150mm are likely and locally heavier falls of around 200 to 300mm will be possible,” BOM warned.
Abnormally high tides exceeding the highest tide of the year are expected on the morning high tides for the next few days, with dangerous surf conditions also expected to continue about exposed beaches today.
The weather bureau says that in combination with the “abnormally high tides”, it could lead to significant coastal erosion in areas exposed to wave action.
We are also being warned to brace for damaging winds with gusts of around 90km/h.
The hinterland has again so far copped the brunt of the wild weather, with Upper Springbrook taking in 172mm of rainfall from 9am Sunday to 5am Monday.
Tomewin has recorded a massive 370mm, while Currumbin Creek has had 378mm.
A Minor Flood Warning is current for the Logan and Albert Rivers, while a Flood Watch is current for catchments from Fraser Island to the Queensland/New South Wales border.
City of Gold Coast has confirmed all beaches across the coast will remain closed again today, with all Waste and Recycling Centres also shut until at least midday.
All #GoldCoast beaches remain closed today due to dangerous conditions, this includes Tallebudgera Creek and Broadwater Swimming Enclosure.
⚠️ Please stay out of the water. pic.twitter.com/zmcO0hHiKh
— Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) (@lifesavingqld) December 13, 2020
Sandbagging stations at Pimpama, Bilinga and Burleigh Heads are open from 6am.