‘Dancing in the streets’ as rain finally hits the Hinterland

UPDATE @ September 18, 6.00 AM | A decent dumping of rain overnight has been a welcome sight for residents and fire crews battling bushfires in the Hinterland.

A large storm system rolled through the South East on Tuesday afternoon, bringing much more rain than the weather bureau first predicted.

Between 4 and 10 millimetres of rain fell around the Scenic Rim bringing much needed relief for those in bushfire ravaged areas.


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Coomera recorded the highest amount of rainfall, with around 11 millimetres falling overnight.

Despite the storm system easing conditions, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services say they’re still battling the blazes.

“Recent rainfall in the area has assisted firefighters to contain the blaze, however significant work will be required over the coming days,” QFES said.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning in Numinbah Valley.

“There is no threat to property at this time and crews will continue to monitor the area over the coming days.”

The blaze burning at Binna Burra, south of MacKenzie Road is also ongoing, with crews still on scene.

There is the possible chance of the South East being treated to some more rain tomorrow, with another thunderstorm predicted, however it’s not expected to be as intense as Tuesday’s storm.

EARLIER @ September 17, 6.00PM | Hinterland residents have been rejoicing after getting some decent rainfall this afternoon.

But it’s too early to know if it’s enough to finally bring an end to the bushfire crisis.

Storms developed earlier than expected moving quickly across the south-east.

The Bureau reports that parts of Lamington National Park recorded up to 10 millimetres of rain.

The BOM’s official observations show Canungra recorded 4.6 millimetres by 6pm

Greg was driving through the area at the time and says it was a welcome relief.

“It was bucketing down and there was people and school children dancing in the street,” he told myGC.

“The children were getting off the bus and running around like mad things.”

Kate from the Canungra Hotel says she can hardly remember the last decent downpour.

“Must have been months and months ago, we’ve gone a long time without water, maybe four or five months.

“The ground is wet and people are just out in the rain enjoying it, we’ve had a lot of people through the pub just celebrating, the farmers are celebrating.”

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen even posted a celebratory video on Facebook, complete with a rendition of Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’.

“It is so good to have a shower of rain right across the region, across Canungra, ” Mayor Christensen said.

“It will help us with our fire fighting effort tonight, it is so joyful it is worth singing in the rain.”

It’s rain dance time with Mayor Greg Christensen. #singingintherain

Posted by Scenic Rim Regional Council Disaster Management on Monday, 16 September 2019

The storm lost a lot of its grunt as it moved closer to the Gold Coast but was quickly followed by another storm that moved in from the north west with more even showers on the way.

Coolangatta had recorded 2 millimetres by 6pm while the Gold Coast Seaway had recorded 3 millimetres.

Radar @ 5.50pm Image | BOM

EARLIER @ 3.45PM | Storms have started moving across the south-east but the Bureau of Meteorology is warning there won’t be much in them.

The storms started developing west of the ranges earlier this afternoon.

They have been building as they head east but so far have delivered minimal rain.

“There’s not too much rain in them, but as they move towards the coast over the next couple of hours it could get a bit gusty and we might get a few rain drops, ” BOM meteorologist David Crock said.

Image | BOM Radar @ 3.30pm

“If a storm gets severe we’ll issue a warning of course but there’s no sign of that quite yet.”

Despite the minimal rainfall there has still been plenty of lightning activity.

Firefighters had feared that dry lightning could spark fresh bushfires.

“There is a fair bit of lighting around and given there’s not much any rain lighting could be a concern if it’s hitting some of those tinder dry bush areas,” Mr Crock said

The Bureau is also warning that winds are likely to become quite gusty later today.

Lightning Strikes @ 3.30pm. Image | lightningmaps.org

 

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