Severe weather warning CANCELLED for southeast coast

UPDATE @ 11.00 AM | A severe weather warning has now been cancelled for the southeast coast, including the Gold Coast.

The Bureau is now confident that a low pressure system will hang off shore, and not impact land too heavily this afternoon.

We’re still being told to expect showers to continue, they just won’t be as heavy as first predicted.


“A coastal trough lies offshore of the Capricornia, Wide Bay, and Southeast Coast districts, with several embedded low-pressure systems,” the Bureau’s latest update reads.

“The risk that any of these lows will move onshore has now decreased.

“Widespread HEAVY RAINFALL is no longer expected over land. More localised heavy rainfall may occur in thunderstorms and heavy showers, and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued should this occur.

“DAMAGING WINDS about exposed coastal locations are no longer expected.”

A hazardous surf warning will remain in place for coastal areas in the south-east, including here on the Gold Coast.

EARLIER @ 9.00 AM | The Gold Coast now looks set to miss the worst of the heavy rain today, with northern areas to bear the brunt instead.

A low-pressure system is hanging off the coast at the moment, but could still move closer throughout the day.

It’ll mean heavier falls for the Sunshine Coast if it nears the coastline.

The Gold Coast is still expected to see constant rain throughout the day, but it might not be as heavy as first thought.

A severe weather warning remains in place, along with a hazardous surf warning and a gale wind warning.

EARLIER @ 5.00 AM | The Gold Coast is being warned to brace for a potential rain bomb over the city today, with a severe weather warning issued for areas across the southeast.

The Bureau is warning of damaging winds, heavy rainfall and hazardous surf for Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

It’s understood the activity is heavier slightly north of the Gold Coast, but the system is expected to track south throughout the day, which could bring heavy falls of up to 100 millimetres for parts of the coast.

The latest warning was issued around 4.30 am this morning, which included a hazardous surf warning and a gale-force wind warning for the Gold Coast.

“A subtropical low off the Capricornia Coast, combining with a strong upper level low, is expected to adopt a south to southeasterly track and move off the coast around Rainbow Beach or Noosa Heads later today,” the Bureau’s forecast reads.

“Overnight the low remained offshore keeping severe weather away from the coast, but the risk of severe impacts remains should the low move closer to the coast today.

“HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING may develop over areas between Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast today.

“Six-hourly rainfall totals between 120 to 160 mm are possible in areas,” it reads.

“INTENSE RAINFALL that may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING and DAMAGING WIND GUSTS to around 90 km/h are possible over communities east of about Maryborough and Noosa Heads.

“Isolated six-hourly rainfall totals up to 250 mm are possible, particularly over Fraser Island.

“DANGEROUS SURF is likely to continue along the Fraser Coast, extending south to the Sunshine Coast this morning, then the Moreton Bay Islands and potentially the Gold Coast later today.

“A Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments south of St Lawrence, extending inland to the Darling Downs.

Locations which may be affected include Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Nambour, Rainbow Beach, Tiaro, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Island and Stradbroke Islands, Gold Coast.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.