BoM cancels storm warning as torrential rain leaves the Gold Coast

10:00PM | The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Gold Coast as torrential rain clears southern Gold Coast suburbs after causing widespread flash flooding.

As the extreme weather started to slowly clear the Gold Coast from the north on Saturday night, the heavy rain continued to stream in over southern suburbs.

An incredible 49mm was recorded in the 30 minutes to 8:30pm at Coolangatta Airport, which prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to update its Severe Thunderstorm Warning.


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Coolangatta has recorded an incredible 267mm of rain in the 12 and a half hours since 9am Saturday, 71mm of which fell in the one hour to 9pm.

That takes the suburb’s total rainfall recorded since the start of the event at 8pm on Friday to a staggering 346mm.

Residents reported cars going under water in the car park of the Club Talle Surf Club at Palm Beach.

Several streets in the area are also reported to be affected by flash flooding, including 12th Avenue, Palm Beach Avenue, and Coolgardie Street in Elanora.

The Gold Coast Highway has been closed to all vehicles travelling in both directions due to flooding at Currumbin.

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8:00PM | Severe weather is beginning to clear the Gold Coast from the north, although the weather bureau warns areas of heavy rain may still persist in southern suburbs as the system responsible contracts off shore.

The Bureau of Meteorology re-issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the southern Gold Coast at 7.59pm.

The warning advises storms are still likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours as the weather system responsible slips south.

Locations which may be affected include Coolangatta, Tallebudgera and waters off Tweed Heads.

The weather bureau updated its Severe Weather Warning at 6.23pm, removing the risk of damaging winds and heavy rainfall as the deep surface trough responsible for the extreme event slips south into waters off the far north NSW coast.

Large seas and swells with dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion are still expected about exposed beaches on the Gold Coast, while easing slightly over the Fraser and Sunshine Coasts.

Water levels on the high tide are also likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast between 8 and 9pm tonight.

The bureau said heavy rainfall that is likely to lead to further flooding is no longer expected on the Gold Coast.

The system dumped a staggering 380mm on Upper Springbrook in just under 24 hours, with widespread falls of between 150-250mm recorded elsewhere across the Coast.

A Flood Watch remains current for areas from Caboolture south to the NSW-QLD border extending inland to include the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre Rivers.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • 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.
  • If near the coastline, stay well away from the water’s edge.
  • Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

5:45PM | Rain continues to fall on the Gold Coast after a large and complex weather system dumped almost 400mm of rain on the hinterland in under 24 hours.

A Severe Weather Warning, updated at 2:30pm, remains in place for the Gold Coast, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying heavy rain is still likely and locally intense falls are still possible within the warning area.

“The heavy rain will continue to contract south east during the remainder of today as the trough shifts southwards easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening,” the bureau said.

The bureau says damaging winds are still possible along coastal areas, and advises that large seas, dangerous surf and beach erosion are expected.

A staggering 382mm of rain was recorded in the Gold Coast hinterland in under 24 hours.

A Flood Watch remains in place. Locations which may be affected include Beenleigh and the Gold Coast.

Severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued if necessary.

12:30PM | A Severe Weather Warning remains in place for the Gold Coast with damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf to persist into the afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled their detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning a short time ago, however a Severe Weather Warning – separate to a Severe Thunderstorm Warning – remains in place.

In the latest warning, updated at 12.10pm, the weather bureau said the heavy rain and damaging winds would continue to impact the south east Queensland coast for at least the next few hours.

“The heavy rain will continue to contract south east 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,” the bureau said.

  • RAIN: Three hour rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are possible. Locally intense falls are possible associated with thunderstorms within the broader Severe Weather Warning area.
  • WINDS: Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible in coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim near and south of the surface trough today.
  • SURF: Large seas and swell with dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion are expected about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast, easing slightly over the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast waters during Saturday evening.
  • TIDES: Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold coast on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the high tide Saturday night.

More than 100mm of rain has already fallen across the majority of the Gold Coast, with some areas in the hinterland receiving more than double that.

An incredible 270mm has been recorded at Upper Springbrook in the last 16 hours.

The torrential rain is causing chaos for motorists, with a number of roads closed across the Gold Coast and multiple crashes reported this morning.

Motorists have been urged to avoid all non essential travel with more and more roads likely to become affected as the day progresses.

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Although this morning’s detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning was cancelled, the weather bureau says further detailed warnings will be issued if necessary.

A Flood Watch also remains current for south east Queensland from Fraser Island to the NSW-QLD border, extending inland to include the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre Rivers.

Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Stanthorpe and Caboolture.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district and the warning for this district has been cancelled.

Rainfall totals to note since 9am Saturday include:

  • 157 mm in three hours at Deception Bay
  • 140 mm in three hours at Burpengary
  • 124 mm in three hours at John Bray Park.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:00pm.