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UPDATE: Emergency Alert CANCELLED for Currumbin & Tallebudgera

LATEST @ 6.00PM | The emergency ‘watch and act’ alert for residents in Currumbin and Tallebudgera has now been cancelled.

EARLIER @ 1.00 PM | AN EMERGENCY alert has been issued for residents in Currumbin and Tallebudgera, as the weather bureau forecasts heavy thunderstorms and intense rainfall throughout this afternoon.

Residents across the southern Gold Coast are receiving texts, advising them to ‘watch and act’ the situation very closely.


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An emergency assembly point has been stood up at the Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre located at 61 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads.

However, council is urging residents to seek shelter with family and friends where possible, and only go to the assembly point if necessary.

“Due to COVID-19, we have changed how we manage evacuations to minimise exposure to the virus. Anyone needing shelter will be processed at this location before being provided details on shelter arrangements,” council has advised.

Sandbagging stations are still open at Burleigh Heads and Bilinga.

They are located at 46 Boyd St, Bilinga (use the service road, next to the City of Gold Coast Tugun Depot), and 61 Hutchinson St, Burleigh Heads, (Reedy Creek Waste and Recycling Centre).

According to the latest update from the Bureau of Meteorology, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Gympie and Mudgeeraba at 1.00pm.

The thunderstorms are slow moving and are forecast to affect Tallebudgera and Miami by 1:30 pm and the area northeast of Gympie and Goomboorian by 2:00 pm.

“Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely,” BOM warned.

A number of roads across the Gold Coast have already been affected by flash flooding:

  • Currumbin Creek Rd at Currumbin Waters between Stewart Rd and Nuban St
  • Currumbin Creek Rd at Currumbin Valley
  • Hotham Creek Rd at Willow Vale
  • Hardys Rd Bonogin
  • Birds Rd at Maudsland
  • Franklin Drive (Gold Coast Springbrook Road) Mudgeeraba
  • Tallebudgera Connection Road
  • West Burleigh Road at Burleigh
  • Tabilban Street at Burleigh
  • Mudgeeraba Road at Mudgeeraba
  • Laurence Drive at Nerang
  • Highfield Drive at Robina
  • Exit 89 Off and On Ramps at Burleigh Heads
  • Somerset Drive at Mudgeeraba
  • Old Coach Road at Burleigh Heads
  • Clagiraba Road at Clagiraba
  • Gunsynd Drive at Mudgeeraba
  • Galleon Way at Currumbin Waters
  • Vince Hinde Drive at Worongary
  • Scottsdale Drive at Robina

A flood warning is also in place for the Tweed River, with moderate flooding likely along the Tweed River at Tumbulgum.

“The Tweed River at North Murwillumbah is now expected to remain below the minor flood level (3.00 m) Thursday evening,” the Bureau’s alert reads.

“The Tweed River at Tumbulgum may exceed the minor flood level (1.40 m) around 10:00 pm Thursday. The river level may reach the moderate flood level (1.80 m) around midnight Thursday into Friday, depending on future rainfall.”

EARLIER @ 12.00PM | The Bureau is now warning that the wet weather will persist into the afternoon, which will include intense falls and heavy thunderstorms.

Their midday update forecasts a coastal trough that is currently moving ashore is producing heavy thunderstorms. A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place.

“This activity is forecast to continue into the afternoon while extending further inland. The heaviest activity may focus along the ranges,” the update reads.

“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 Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Cooroy, Imbil, Nambour and Springbrook.”

It follows a severe amount of rain on the Gold Coast already this morning, with incredible totals recorded.

122mm was observed in 2 hours to 10:30am at Oyster Creek (Gold Coast) while 145mm has been observed since 9am.

The Bureau now says that it is likely falls in excess of 150mm was observed within 2 hours along the southern border ranges, just west of Coolangatta.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

EARLIER @ 10.30 AM | A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has now been issued for the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology said that at 10:10 am, “very dangerous thunderstorms” were detected on the weather radar near Coolangatta and Miami.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect waters off Tweed Heads by 10:40 am,” BOM said.

“Intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is likely.”

More than 122mm of rain has fallen in just 2 hours at Oyster Creek on the southern Gold Coast.

A number of roads across the Gold Coast have already been affected by flash flooding:

  • Currumbin Creek Rd at Currumbin Waters between Stewart Rd and Nuban St
  • Currumbin Creek Rd at Currumbin Valley
  • Hotham Creek Rd at Willow Vale
  • Hardys Rd Bonogin
  • Birds Rd at Maudsland
  • Franklin Drive (Gold Coast Springbrook Road) Mudgeeraba
  • Tallebudgera Connection Road
  • West Burleigh Road, Burleigh
  • Tabilban Street, Burleigh

EARLIER @ 9.00 AM | A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for heavy rainfall has just been issued for the Gold Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a coastal trough that is currently moving ashore is producing heavy and slow-moving thunderstorms.

“This activity is forecast to continue this morning and extend further inland throughout the day,” BOM warned.

The 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 the Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Coolangatta, Cleveland, Beenleigh and Tiaro.

In just one hour this morning, Oyster Creek on the southern Gold Coast recorded 57mm.

PHOTO: BOM

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.

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