Threat of intense rainfall, flash flooding lingers off Queensland’s coast

A severe weather warning is in place for parts of Queensland today with forecasters expecting heavy rainfall, dangerous winds and potential flooding.

Fraser Island copped the brunt of the rain overnight, however that system has now moved out to sea.

Authorities are warning conditions may still lead to flash-floods and residents should remain prepared.

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Hazardous surf will batter the Gold Coast today as well as heavy rain and strong winds.

“The system that we had feared would move across the coast has instead moved further away and continues to drift,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

However, 11 people were rescued in Byfield National Park overnight after they became stranded when a creek rose.

“We expect the weather situation to continue to ease but it will continue to be wet, particularly along the south-east coast.”

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The weather system off the Fraser Coast earlier today.

The BoM has warned Queensland residents not to be complacent, as recent wet weather means some areas will be prone to flash-floods.

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Severe weather warning issued for Queensland coast

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The conditions are being driven by a subtropical low that formed off Fraser Island and now sits 90km east off the coast.


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Motorists travelling from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast back to Brisbane are advise to drive carefully.

A flood warning remains in place for coastal catchments between St Lawrence and the Queensland-NSW border, including areas of the Darling Downs.

“This is due to the fact that there are several saturated catchments around south-east Queensland so although the heavy rain risk has began to ease, a lot of catchments may still overflow,” a spokesman for BoM said.

A hazardous surf warning remains in place for most of Queensland’s coast.

Gale force wind will lash the Fraser, Sunshine and Gold Coasts, while other areas such as Hervey Bay, Moreton Bay and Capricorn Coast will also cop strong winds.

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Minor flood warnings are in place for the Condamine, Balonne and Moonie Rivers with a moderate flood warning is in place for the Weir River.

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