Parts of southeast Queensland copped as much as 230mm of rainfall in just a few hours. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology
Parts of southeast Queensland copped as much as 230mm of rainfall in just a few hours. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology

Monster storms cause chaos on roads

Commuters in parts of Queensland's southeast are facing a slow journey to work this morning, after areas in the region were hammered with significant rainfall of more than 200mm in just a few hours.

While earlier storm warnings have now been cancelled, the weather system has caused widespread flooding, submerging cars and causing major road closures, and a flood watch remains in place for catchments between Bundaberg and the New South Wales border.

The Sunshine Coast was again hit heavily by torrential rain and flash flooding, with hundreds of residents left without power and roads submerged.

 

A severe thunderstorm warning for the region and parts of Gympie and the Moreton Bay Council area was issued late on Wednesday, while Cyclone Uesi is creating large swells along Australia's east coast.

The cyclone is expected to pummel beaches south of Fraser Island, with the Gold Coast expecting the heaviest surf on Thursday.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of possible intense rainfall leading to life-threatening flash flooding, noting 79mm of rain was recorded at Yandina Creek in just one hour on Wednesday night.

Cars underwater at Nambour Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Clayton’s Towing
Cars underwater at Nambour Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Clayton’s Towing

The Sunshine Coast Airport copped 140mm of rain in three hours, and Coolum was hit with 125mm over the same period.

Almost 2000 customers were affected by power outages on the Sunshine Coast, Energex reported shortly before 1am on Thursday.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads reported roads were flooded at various locations including Doonan, Sippy Downs, Mount Coolum, Tewantin and Nambour.

Flooding caused havoc for motorists late on Wednesday, after cars in Nambour were inundated by flood waters.

Petrie Creek in Nambour has flooded after recent heavy rain.
Petrie Creek in Nambour has flooded after recent heavy rain.

Localised flash flooding also impacted the Gateway Motorway at various locations overnight including Belmont in Brisbane's southeast after parts of the city received more than 100mm.

Overnight, State Emergency Services received about 320 calls for help, while 19 swift-water rescues had to be carried out and two complexes were evacuated, including a nursing home.

Inland, properties remain under threat in tiny communities isolated by an inland sea of floodwater west of Brisbane.

Residents in Jandowae on the Darling Downs watched the water rise quickly after storms dumped 100mm of rain on Tuesday night onto an already-soaked catchment.

Jandowae on the Darling Downs has experienced its “worst flooding in a long time”. Picture: Glen Little
Jandowae on the Darling Downs has experienced its “worst flooding in a long time”. Picture: Glen Little

"We are on the creek and can report the biggest flooding I can remember," Lee Labrie posted on social media.

"Probably the worst flooding in a long time," Rob Norman wrote.

Rising waters in the Jandowae Creek and across the Jimbour Plain were expected to cause further flooding in the region on Wednesday night.

Residents in Warra, 25 minutes from Jandowae, were advised to secure their belongings, prepare to leave and warn neighbours after an emergency flood alert was issued.

Queensland's southeast experienced flash flooding, heavy rain and thunderstorms. Picture: SE QLD Storms
Queensland's southeast experienced flash flooding, heavy rain and thunderstorms. Picture: SE QLD Storms

MORE RAIN TO COME

BOM forecaster Peter Mackworth said the rain was not down with Queensland's southeast yet.

"There is still a high chance of showers and thunderstorms today but most of the heavy stuff passed overnight," Mr Mackworth said.

Brisbane can expect up to 60mm today, the Gold Coast can expect between up to 50mm and the Sunshine Coast between 10-35mm.

With Cyclone Uesi approaching, the bureau has also issued hazardous surf warnings for numerous areas along the coast.

Flood warnings for the Condamine River and Charleys Creek, and Georgina River, remain in place, with the bureau saying major flood levels are possible later in the week.

Petrie Creek in Nambour has flooded after recent heavy rain.
Petrie Creek in Nambour has flooded after recent heavy rain.

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