A severe thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for southeast Queensland, including the Gold Coast.
The Bureau of Meterology says severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Warwick, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Gympie, Ipswich, Coolangatta, Stanthorpe, Caboolture, Gatton and Jimboomba.
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In just one hour, 68 millimetres of rainfall was recorded at West Woombye at 2.30pm, while 52mm has fallen at Coolangatta since 9am this morning and 53mm at Reedy Creek.
A hazardous surf warning has also been issued for Gold Coast waters, as Tropical Cyclone Uesi tracks further towards South East Queensland.
The category two system is currently sitting 1010 kilometres north northeast of Lord Howe Island, however Gold Coasters are being told it wont make its way to our shores.
“Gales with gusts to 120 km/hr are expected to develop about Lord Howe Island late on Thursday afternoon or early evening. Higher wind gusts to 140 km/hr may occur during the night as the centre of the transitioning tropical cyclone moves closer to the island,” BOM said.
“As the system approaches, heavy rain will gradually increase from Thursday afternoon becoming heavier in the evening and overnight. Seas likely to become very rough with large waves developing near coast.”
The weather bureau says large and powerful surf and swell conditions are forecast on the Gold Coast from Thursday afternoon and throughout Friday.
“They are expected be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland advise that:
- People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
- Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
- Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
- Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
- Boaters should remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.
⚠️WARNING UPDATE: Severe storms likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Gympie, Ipswich, Coolangatta, Stanthorpe, Caboolture, Gatton, Jimboomba.
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— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 12, 2020