Storms calm down in SEQ but damp Easter expected
HEAVY rain and thunderstorms have started to calm over south-east Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology believes the "immediate threat" of flash flooding to now be gone, but it will release new warnings if necessary.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The Sunshine Coast, Caboolture and inland areas remain in a warning area.
While the worst of the intense weather now appears to have passed, the Queensland coast can expect a damp Easter break.
For most regions from Rockhampton south, it will be a grey and miserable week and into the weekend, with the gloomy weather expected to start clearing from Tuesday.
THE Bureau of Meteorology has warned of flash flooding in parts of the Sunshine Coast this morning.
The Bureau issued a warning at 9:50 am that a band of heavy rain with possible embedded thunderstorms were affecting the Sunshine Coast area, extending into the adjacent hinterland.
"This area of heavy rain may lead to localised flash flooding over the next hour," the warning stated.
Locations which may be affected include Maroochydore, Caloundra and the area south of Noosa Heads.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Southeast Coast district.
THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for south east Queensland as a band of heavy rain moves towards the Sunshine Coast.
The bureau has warned of two separate bands of heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms were affecting southeast Queensland, one band extends through the northern suburbs of Brisbane, while the other is moving onto the southern Sunshine Coast area, extending into the adjacent hinterland.
These storms are likely to produce prolonged periods of heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.
EXPECT soggy eggs this weekend, with drizzling rains expected to haunt the Queensland coastline over the Easter weekend.
A clash of winds from land and sea are pumping up an upper trough that is moving over our beaches, with more than 100mm falling in some areas.
For most regions from Rockhampton south, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an average of about 20mm per day, making for grey and likely miserable public holidays.
From today the rains are "particularly intense" south of Gladstone, but BOM's Sean Fitzgerald said these would creep north.
On Tuesday, the rains should begin to clear.
Just in time for your return to work.
Thanks mother nature.
Rainfall figures from 9am Tuesday until 7am Wednesday from the Bureau:
Brisbane Airport: 125mm
Hervey Bay: 0mm
Noosa Heads: 12mm
- Warwick: 2mm