Sunshine Coast and south-east facing big surf, strong winds

THE Sunshine Coast and south-east Queensland is being warned it will face dangerous surf conditions and strong winds after copping another bucketing of rain overnight.

In a warning issued just before 5am Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said a surface trough and associated low pressure system was expected to deepen off the Fraser coast today.

"Dangerous surf conditions, which may lead to beach erosion, are expected to develop along the coast between Sandy Cape and the New South Wales border, including northern parts of Moreton Bay, during today,'' the warning said.

"Damaging winds, with peak gusts to around 100km/h, will possibly develop about the exposed coast and islands between Sandy Cape and the New South Wales border from Tuesday evening, particularly with the passage of squally showers.

"A wind gust of 87km/hr was recorded at Double Island Point at 4am AEST Tuesday.

"Locations that may be affected by these condtions include Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and islands, and the Gold Coast.

"The widespread rainfall that was experienced across southeast Queensland on Monday has now eased.

"However, bands of heavy showers are expected to continue about coastal and adjacent inland areas between Sandy Cape and the New South Wales border today.''

Flood warning current for coastal rivers

A Flood Warning is current for coastal rivers and adjacent inland catchments from St Lawrence to the New South Wales border.

In an advice issued at 9.30pm on Monday, the bureau said rainfall totals of up to 100mm have been recorded since 9am Monday, with the highest totals recorded over the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

"The rain is forecast to move south over the warning area during Monday evening and Tuesday. Widespread event totals of 100-200mm are likely, mainly in coastal areas. Isolated heavier falls in excess of 200mm are possible.

"Fast river and creek rises are likely to occur in the areas of heaviest rainfall.

"Catchments that may be affected include the Calliope, Boyne, Baffle, Kolan, Burrum-Cherwell, Mary, Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolah, Stanley and Gold Coast catchments. Separate warnings for individual catchments will be issued if required.

Maroochy River:

Minor flood levels are rising along the North Maroochy River at Eumundi, but are expected to remain the moderate flood level.

Minor flood levels are easing along the South Maroochy River at Yandina. Minor flood levels are rising along Paynter Creek at Diddillibah, with moderate levels likely overnight Tuesday.

Renewed rises and moderate flood levels are possible overnight Monday in the areas of the heaviest rain.

Mooloolah River:

Minor flood levels are rising between Mooloolah and Jordan Street. Renewed rises and moderate flood levels are possible overnight Monday in the areas of the heaviest rain.

Coochin Creek:

Minor flood levels are to easing at Old Gympie Road.

Stanley River:

Minor flood levels are rising at Peachester with minor flood levels expected at Woodford early Tuesday morning. Rises to the moderate flood level is dependent on further rainfall.

A severe weather warning is current for heavy rainfall across the warning area.

For the latest weather information see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

 

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For the latest river heights check out: www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood.



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