UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning cancelled

UPDATE 11AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for south east Queensland.

“The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed,” the bureau says.

However, the Gold Coast is expected to continue to received some decent rainfall, before the sky starts to clear come night fall.


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“A surface trough is deepening near the Sunshine Coast, with a low pressure system possibly developing and slipping southwards over southern Queensland waters during the day and most likely moving offshore or into New South Wales late today,” the warning states.

“Three hour rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are possible.”

“The heavy rain will continue to contract southeast during the remainder of today as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane in the next hour or two, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.”

Gold Coasters are being urged to stay inside and put off any road trips.

“Dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion [could develop] about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.”

The extreme weather and heavy downpours have led to dangerous road conditions with drivers encouraged to delay trips.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said QFES was prepared and ready to aid the community when needed.

“We encourage Queenslanders to stay indoors, but if you need to travel before you set out it’s vital to have a Plan B in place, including identifying alternative routes,” Mr Roche said.

“The message is simple: if it’s flooded, forget it. The size of your car and driving ability will not affect the threat posed by floodwaters.

Residents who require storm and flood assistance should contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

TRAFFIC ISSUES:
Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain – debris after Geissmann Drive, affecting all directions
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Neranwood – water over the Mudgeeraba Causeway, affecting both directions
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Springwood – power lines down, affecting both directions
Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley – tree in lanes outside Chesters Road, affecting southbound
Pacific Motorway, Ormeau – multi-vehicle crash, affecting northbound traffic
Mooball-Pottsville Road, Tweed Heads -closed with water over the road