Tweed River on flood watch, beaches closed following deluge

The sun has finally appeared over the Gold Coast following a severe weather event that saw torrential rain dumped over 24-hours.

The strong upper trough soaked the region, with falls of around 260mm recorded in Upper Springbrook in the Hinterland and at Coolangatta Airport.

Local beaches also copped a pounding with erosion affecting most of the coastline.


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Froggies on the southern end of the Gold Coast is a pool of foam. Image: myGC

Froggies on the southern end of the Gold Coast is a pool of foam. Image: myGC

Beaches will remain closed on Sunday.

Beach erosion at Snapper Rocks. Image: myGC

Beach erosion at Snapper Rocks. Image: myGC

The weather system moved south late on Saturday, sparking a flood evacuation order for Fingal Head, south of Tweed Heads.

There were fears the Tweed River would break its banks, with a flood watch still in place.

In nearby Murwillumbah, five people had to be rescued after their car got caught in flash floodwaters.

The system is continuing to move south with the worst of the weather to pound Newcastle and Sydney on Sunday morning.

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