Amia O’Sullivan and Kayleigh Ogden have fun in a puddle.
Amia O’Sullivan and Kayleigh Ogden have fun in a puddle. Renee Pilcher

Coast gets good soaking

IT WAS far from ideal beach conditions, with more than 100mm of rain falling on Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay since midnight on Wednesday and more predicted.

The downpour woke Rainbow Beach baker Tony Stewart twice during the early hours of yesterday.

"I was told we got about 170mm overnight," he said.

"There's a lake on the centre block, at least there was when I was on the way to work about 4am. There was a car in two feet of water near the IGA corner."

When speaking to the Times at 10.30am yesterday Mr Stewart said it was still drizzling and the winds were picking up.

"I think we're in for more rain. We needed a bit, but not seven inches. I hope the farmers got some."

Late yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the Gympie region.

People can expect heavy downpours of up to 100-200mm and possible flash flooding today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile one waterlogged Tin Can Bay resident found 112mm in their rain gauge yesterday at 7am.

Coast Guard acting commander Steve Steel said he had about four inches and it was overflowing.

He said no major incidents were on the water due to the rain but the coast guard was called when two boats were pushed together.

"Because of the ongoing unusual weather we haven't had as many boats going up and down the coast," Mr Steel said.

Lightning strikes overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday have caused internet dramas at Imbil.

Telstra Wide Bay manager Doug McClure said issues were being investigated.

But he said a lot of internet connection problems were the result of power surges damaging equipment.

Gympie Times


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