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Heavy rain hits southern Queensland in morning storms

Wednesday March 15, 2017 - 13:03 EDT
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A spectacular display of lightning seen at Yeppoon last night. - ABC licensed

Almost 200 millimetres of rain has fallen over Noosa and Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast since midnight, as Queensland's week of wet weather continues.

Falls have eased on the Sunshine Coast this morning, but heavy rain has drenched parts of the Gold Coast.

"Sunshine Coast drew the lottery overnight," forecaster Michael Knepp said.

"Tewantin recorded the heaviest falls, [with] 198mm, Coolum [had] 136mm, Maroochydore depot [had] 127mm, Cooroy 122mm and Sunshine Coast Airport [received] 109mm.

"The Noosa SES received eight calls for help overnight for minor flooding in homes, but there've been no reports of any major damage or widespread flooding."

However, Mr Knepp said Brisbane's main gauge only received 2.6mm.

Further north, there was a spectacular light show from a storm at Yeppoon in central Queensland last night, with the coastal region receiving 29mm of rain since 9:00am yesterday.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe storm warning for the Gold Coast about 6:00am, saying heavy rain could lead to flash flooding in areas including Coolangatta, Hope Island, South Stradbroke Island and Jacobs Well.

The heaviest falls were recorded at Pacific Pines, Monterey Keys, Hinze Dam and Mudgeeraba.

The storm warning was cancelled just before 7:45am, with the rain front moving gradually south of the border.

Yesterday, an early morning storm cell tore through the Darling Downs and blacked out much of the Moreton Bay council region.

A couple was rescued from their ute this morning, after they became stranded in floodwaters caused by the big falls.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said five crews were sent to help the couple on Keeley Road at Brookstead but three had to turn back because roads were cut due to flooding.

Inspector Peter Braddow said the man managed to get out safely but a quick-thinking local farmer had to rescue the woman from the tray of the ute.

"She was checked out by Queensland Ambulance and was OK on our arrival, no doubt she would have certainly been shaken by the whole event and I think they'll think twice about entering water now," he said.

The week of drenching rain has been welcome in some parts of the state, with areas of the Burnett that were only drought declared yesterday recording big falls overnight.

Mr Knepp said the heaviest rainfall hit rural areas just north of Bundaberg, including Amphill which got 191mm, while 167mm fell near Gayndah.

Fraser Coast grazier Peter Box said he received 68mm overnight, which was more than he had received in the past 12 months.

"We'd only had probably 40-odd millimetres before that for the year," he said.

More rain is forecast for the south-east region for today and tomorrow.


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