THE RAINS ARE ‘ERE! Severe weather warning issued for the Gold Coast

A SEVERE weather warning has just been issued for South East Queensland, with the Gold Coast expected to cop much of the heavy rainfall.

The weather bureau says “a very moist” air mass will combine with a coastal trough to produce areas of heavy rain across Southeast Queensland today and into Saturday morning.

Heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is currently occurring across areas south of Brisbane to Warwick.


“6 hourly rainfall totals of 90mm to 130mm are possible, with isolated heavier falls up to 180mm possible,” BOM warned.

“24 hour rainfall totals of 150mm to 250mm are likely, with isolated heavier falls up to 300mm possible about the Gold Coast hinterland and the southern border ranges.”

Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Boonah, Beaudesert, Logan, Springbrook and Beenleigh.

So far, Upper Springbrook has recorded 95mm of rainfall in the 24 hours to 10.00am.

Conditions are expected to ease during Sunday morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning is due to be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Friday.