TWENTY-TWO thousand screaming school leavers will flood Surfers Paradise today, ahead of the first night of official Schoolies celebrations.
Police are monitoring the tsunami of teens as they trickle into the tourist city, and book into their accommodation.
No schoolies were arrested in the party precinct overnight and police are hopeful the good behaviour continues.
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“Police are hopeful that revelers will continue to behave in a responsible manner as the week unfolds,” police said in a statement on Saturday morning.
“Schoolies week is a timely reminder to the community that the possession and consumption of illicit drugs is illegal.
“Not only is it illegal – it is also dangerous and could have fatal consequences.”
Police say they will be out in force and will not hesitate to take enforcement action against anyone found in possession of, supplying, trafficking or producing dangerous drugs.
The first night of celebrations could be washed out, however, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting the possibility of showers and storms later this afternoon.
Any storms that do develop will have the potential to become severe and produce damage winds in excess of 90km/h, heavy rain and large hailstones.
The weather bureau says the Coast could cop a drenching, with anywhere between 10-40mm of rain forecast to fall in the city.
On Friday, the bureau warned the risk of heavy fain and flash flooding would increase with any storm activity that persisted into the evening hours tonight.
Severe #QldStorm with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall are likely across #SEQLD on Saturday afternoon and evening. The risk of heavy rainfall and localised flash flooding is expected to increase with any thunderstorm activity that persists into the evening hours. pic.twitter.com/Uv4a0YHXhk
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) November 16, 2018