Strong winds and dangerous surf batter southeast Queensland coastJosh Fisher, Tuesday February 19, 2013 - 14:12 EDT
Heavy rain that drenched parts of southeast Queensland overnight has eased today, but strong winds and dangerous surf continue to pound the coast.
A low pressure system that developed off Queensland's central coast on Monday delivered very heavy rainfall to parts of the state's southeast, leading to localised flooding. The heaviest rain fell over the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where more than 100mm was recorded in just 24 hours.
Some of the larger rainfall totals that were recorded in the 24 hours to 9am this morning were Cooloolabin and Mount Elliot with 141mm, Toolara with 148mm and Wappa Dam with 118mm. Maleny also recorded 118mm, which is a third of its entire February average.
The low pressure system has now stalled off the southeast Queensland coast, but the heaviest rain has moved offshore. Due to the recent heavy falls and continuing periods of rain today, a flood warning remains in place for coastal rivers and adjacent inland catchments from St Lawrence to the New South Wales border.
Despite the rain easing, the low will continue to generate strong to potentially damaging wind gusts along the coast with dangerous surf conditions and abnormally high tides. Cape Moreton has already seen a gust to 95km/h this morning, while three to four metre seas pound the coast.
The system will wobble just off the Queensland coast for the next few days before tracking south, eventually bringing the heavy rain and strong winds to the New South Wales coast later this week.
© Weatherzone 2013
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