EXTREME weather has flooded cars and roads across south-east Queensland but the worst of it appears over for now.

More than 30 roads have been cut, including the Bruce Highway.

And despite warnings from police and firefighters, a teenager has been seen posing on the rooftop of a flooded car in Brisbane, according to a photo posted on Twitter a short time ago.

At midday, the bureau said areas southeast of Caboolture to Warwick could still receive up to 150mm of rain in three hours this afternoon.

The heavy rain was expected to 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.

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 on Saturday, the bureau said.

The most significant beach erosion is expected between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast.

"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."

A Flood Watch remained in place for southeast Queensland from Caboolture 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, Brisbane, Maroochydore, and Caboolture.

The bureau reported there had been 157 mm on rain in three hours at Deception Bay, 140 mm in three hours at Burpengary and 124 mm in three hours at John Bray Park.

The State Emergency Service (SES)  has received more than 500 calls for help from across the south east, mainly due to flooding and leaky homes.

Dozens of roads in Brisbane have been flooded, including some in the CBD and West End, and cars were submerged at Toombul.

A man and a woman died in a crash between a mini-van and truck on the Warrego Highway near Ipswich as the downpours made roads slippery and dangerous.

The Bruce Highway was cut northbound at Carseldine, with police diverting traffic.

REGIONS between Caboolture and Warwick in south-east Queensland are being warned by the Bureau of Meteorology to be prepared for potential flash flooding.

In the latest release from the BOM, it warns that these areas could face three-hour rainfall totals of up to 150mm.
 

The BOM has formally cancelled its severe weather warning for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district.

It comes as three thunderstorms which formed earlier on Saturday morning continued to move south towards Brisbane and beyond.

These too have now been cancelled. As of 12.50pm there are now severe active thunderstorms, according to the BOM.

At Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, the ferocity of the storm pulled a tree from the ground, knocking it on top of a four-wheel-drive

 

Heavy rain across the south-eastern parts of the state are expected for the rest of the day, with it easing on the Gold Coast and Brisbane on Saturday evening.

For those on the Scenic Rim, wind gusts of up to 90kmh are on the cards.

The tides are likely to be higher than the year's highest tides on Saturday night.

Coastal regions can also expect large swell with dangerous surf conditions, particularly from the Fraser Coast down to the Gold Coast.

A flood watch remains from Fraser Coast down to the New South Wales border, reaching inland to the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre rivers.

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

Meanwhile storm cells are lashing south-east Queensland, as the state battens down through the still-unfolding rain event.

In just 60 minutes, Burpengary -- south of the Sunshine Coast -- copped 75mm of rain. Parts of Brisbane were struck by closer to 60mm in an hour.

As the systems move south, we can examine how much rain has fallen across the state in the past 24 hours.

  • Yeppoon: 82mm
  • Rockhampton: 39mm
  • Mackay: 14mm
  • Splitters Crk, near Bundaberg: 118mm
  • Gladstone: 65mm
  • Childers: 77mm
  • Gympie: 33mm
  • Yandina 118mm
  • Nambour: 136mm
  • Palmwoods: 103mm
  • Maleny: 112mm
  • Caloundra: 53mm
  • Toowoomba Airport: 19mm
  • Warwick: 8.8mm
  • Springfield Lakes: 24mm
  • Lower Springbrook (Gold Coast): 205mm
  • Tallebudgera Ck: 127mm
  • Mt Tamborine: 267mm

 

9.30AM:  SEVERE thunderstorms are looming for Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the alert at 9.14am, warning that the potentially dangerous storms were discovered on its radars near Beerwah, Ipswich and Caboolture.These storms are moving south, so they are unlikely to threaten major Sunshine Coast population areas, based on the current BOM information.

BOM thunderstorm warning
BOM thunderstorm warning

Intense rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

The BOM has also issued a minor flood warning for the Stanley River.

Rainfall totals between 25 mm and 100 mm have been recorded in the 6 hours to 8:00 am across the Upper Brisbane catchment, with the higher totals mostly in the Stanley River above Somerset Dam and around the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The river will experience "minor flood levels" on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, two Virgin flights due into Sunshine Coast Airport this morning have been cancelled due to the heavy weather.

In Bundaberg, the town's library has been inundated.

 

The Bundaberg Regional Library. Photo: Mike Knott/NewsMail
The Bundaberg Regional Library. Photo: Mike Knott/NewsMail Mike Knott

 

 

 

8AM: A WOMAN has been rescued from the roof of her car after it was pulled off the Capricorn Highway.

Truck drivers and farmers swung into action to save the 21-year-old's life, after her ute was caught in flash flooding in central west Queensland.

ABC reports the woman and her car were swept from the road at 10pm on Friday night.

She was later treated for shock and exposure when she was rescued an hour later.

A severe weather warning remains in place for much of southeast Queensland on Saturday morning, but the threat of thunderstorms across Central Queensland has passed.

An earlier thunderstorm warning was announced first for the Bundaberg region but later in the morning, was expanded to stretch from south of Bundaberg to Yeppoon near Rockhampton.

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The buffeting rains that follow days of warning have hit. Already Springbrook on the Gold Coast has recorded 206mm. They are not the only area to be already sodden by the consistent rains.
 

Nambour on the Sunshine Coast has had 119mm.

Other parts of the Coast have also been hit hard

  • Yandina Creek: 105mm
     
  • Landsborough: 86mm
     
  • Maroochydore: 43mm
     
  • Tewantin near Noosa had 50mm.

On the Gold Coast, Springbrook has now recorded more than 220mm in the past 23 hours.

Warwick and Toowoomba are having a gentler time at the moment, with 6.6mm in Warwick and 18mm in Toowoomba.

Hervey Bay has been hit with 30mm.

 

 

5AM: THE rain has begun, and there is plenty more to come. 

A severe weather warning released at 5.01am by the Bureau of Meteorology as re-affirmed that up to 250mm of rain is expected to drench coastal areas of south-east Queensland, with up to 150mm likely over inland areas.

Damaging winds with gusts reaching 90kmh are also expected in coastal areas.

A severe thunderstorm warning has also been issued specifically for the Wide Bay and Burnett, including Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Town of 1770 and Biggenden.
 

Mt Watalgam, north of Gin Gin, was hit by 93mm in one hour between 2.20am and 3.20am.

Since 9am on Friday, parts of the Gold Coast have already copped 150mm of rain. Upper Springbrook has received 168mm.

On the Sunshine Coast, the most soaked areas received about 50mm.

The BOM expects the surface trough, that could deepen into a low, will bring dangerous surf conditions and "significant beach erosion" from the Fraser Coast south through to the Sunshine and Gold coasts on Saturday afternoon.

When the tide rises on Saturday night, the water is likely to come up beyond the highest tide of the year.

Locally heavy falls are also possible early today over inland parts of southern and south-east Queensland, although those areas are more likely to face severe thunderstorms.

The BOM expects to issue severe thunderstorm warnings through the day.

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

Snapshot of the Bureau of Meteorology radar at 5am
Snapshot of the Bureau of Meteorology radar at 5am

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

93mm of rain fell in the 60 minutes to 3.20am at Mt Watalgan (north of Gin Gin).

156mm of rain has fallen since 9am at Upper Springbrook in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

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.

 

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