Severe weather alert issued as south east prepares for days of “intense rainfall”

LATEST @ 8.30AM | A severe weather alert is in place for the Gold Coast and much of the southeast as the region prepares for “heavy to intense” rainfall over the next few days.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned a strong upper trough and associated cut-off low will move slowly eastward across the southern interior of Queensland during today and into Thursday, before moving offshore on Friday.

A surface trough near the southeast coast will deepen in response, and remain slow-moving through Thursday, producing periods of heavy to intense rainfall over the next few days.


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“We expect we’ll be seeing showers and thunderstorms with heavy bursts of rainfall within them and that can lead to flash flooding problems,” BOM Meteorologist Helen Kirkup told myGC.

“We’ve also got a flood watch so with some of the bigger river systems we are watching to see whether we will see flooding issues and Gold Coast rivers and creeks are included in that.”

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There is the chance some areas of the Gold Coast could see more than a month’s worth of rain in just a day.

“It’s not out of the question that one or two places might see 100 or 200mm of rain today depending on exactly how this airstream converges and create these thunderstorms. Sometimes these storms will have a lot of moisture in them.”

Tallai has already recorded 92 millimetres, 86 millimetres has been recorded at Upper Springbrook while 86 millimetres has fallen at Hinze Dam.

Council’s Disaster and Emergency Centre is being stood up with the weather event expected to have a significant impact on the city.

“We had indications late yesterday that this was the forecast so we’ve been prepping since then. We’re certainly observing things. We’ve got all the guages operational,” Head of Council’s Disaster Management Committee Alton Twine told the ABC.

Sandbag stations are expected to be open across the city later today.

“We’ve just made the call on that so we’ll activate those a little later today. Given the changing forecast from the Bureau it looks a little bit more significant than it did earlier so we will be activating those centres,” Mr Twine said.

The severe weather alert extends to areas of the Northern Rivers in NSW including Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Kyogle and Brunswick Heads.

Weather radar @ 8.30AM | IMAGE: BOM

The rain band has already soaked areas of the Sunshine Coast with some massive rainfall totals overnight.

Mount Wolvi, east of Gympie, saw 332 mm in the six hours to 2:15 am, forcing officials to issue an Emergency Alert for the area.

Heavy falls will continue on Thursday with up to 100 mm possible and another 60 mm forecast for Friday with winds expected to pick up as well over those two days.

Lighter showers are expected on Saturday before the rain eases from Sunday.