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Rain eases as winds whip up south-east Qld

By Elise Worthington, Wednesday February 20, 2013 - 08:01 EDT

Heavy rain from a low pressure system is easing across Queensland's south-east, but gale force winds are expected to lash the coast throughout the day.

A damaging wind warning is in place with gusts expected to reach 100 kilometres an hour along the coast.

Rainbow Beach on Queensland's Fraser Coast, recorded the heaviest rain, with 213 millimetres in the past 24 hours.

Weather bureau spokesman Ken Kato says residents could be in for more rain.

"The most likely scenario is for at least some showers and windy conditions hanging around the area over the next few days," he said.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) spokesman Mike Shapland says there were 117 calls for help, mostly for minor incidents.

"This time I think the south-east corner of Queensland has been spared the worst of the weather, he said.

The heavy rain also caused localised flash flooding.

Two people were rescued from the roofs of their cars in flooded causeways on the Gold Coast hinterland overnight.

There has been no major damage on the Sunshine Coast, but authorities will closely monitor weather conditions this afternoon.

Parts of the Sunshine Coast have had falls of almost 150 millimetres in the past 24 hours, and gale force winds of up to 100 kilometres an hour are predicted to develop during the day.

Most beaches are closed due to dangerous surf.

Sunshine Coast local disaster management group spokesman Alan Rogers says the heavy rain has eased.

"There was a few roads closed overnight - we've still got about 30 roads closed on the coast," he said.

"But generally the rain eased last night and we've been able to get out and about and report back.

"The main damage is potholes and scouring rather than any significant flooding, so that's good news."


- ABC

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