World news – Emergency warning for suburbs on the Gold Coast as heavy rainfall is expected to hit low-lying homes

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An emergency alert has been issued for parts of the Gold Coast due to severe thunderstorms cause heavy rains and flash floods in much of southeast Queensland.

Gold Coast City Council urged residents of Currumbin, Mudgeeraba and Tallebudgera to monitor the situation and consider moving to a higher level, as heavy rains could likely affect low-lying properties.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several community areas earlier in the day, with Hotham Creek south of Beenleigh recording 113 millimeters in an hour.

On the Gold Coast and on the scenic edge, Mount Tamborine took in 98mm in less than two hours before 2.15 p.m. And according to a storm chaser, Mount Nathan recorded 105mm in one hour.

By 8:24 p.m., conditions in the southeast had relaxed below severe thunderstorm levels, but a separate severe thunderstorm warning was announced in Capricornia District, with areas of Byfield to Maryborough were at risk.

The office warned that heavy rain areas with embedded thunderstorm activity would continue over parts of the southeast coast until Monday.

There were still severe weather warnings for the region from Maroochydore south to the border and east of Ipswich .

There were also separate severe weather warnings for the Channel Country, Maranoa and Warrego forecast areas.

There are also flood warnings for the Nerang and Coomera Rivers, the Balonne River, the Moonie River, the Lower Warrego River, the Paroo River, the Barcoo River and the Upper Thomson River, and the Diamantina River, as well as a flood watch for the southern parts of Western and Central Q. ueensland the Darling Downs.

« We are seeing intense rainfall at the moment. So if you hit the 113mm recorded in an hour, which we saw, there is a very good chance there will be flash floods, « he said.

 » It gets to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold to this day Coast will give more activity and more rainfall in the coming days. « 

Some beaches were closed due to dangerous surf, including Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Miami Beach.

Mandy Watson, who has lived in the Currumbin Valley for decades, said she had never seen such a heavy downpour.

« I saw more rainfall in such a short time today than in 30 years in our valley, » said Ms. Watson.

She said there was none Rain damage to her house, but water washed through the stables where she kept her horses.

« When you’re in your car, don’t drive through floods. Leave the headlights on and keep an eye out for any more updates we may have, « he said.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Services advised people not to drive, walk, or drive through floods, indoors To seek shelter, to avoid telephoning in storms, to beware of fallen trees and power lines and to call the SES if emergency assistance is needed.

This was followed by the announcement by the Prime Minister of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, that special teams of the fire department and of the Queensland Ambulance Service (QFES) would travel to New South Wales to assist the authorities in responding to the developing storm there.

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