Heavy rain tracks in Gold Coast

Heavy rain tracks toward the Gold Coast. Courtesy: BOM

The Gold Coast has been pelted by up to 50mm of rain in just one hour as storms hit south east Queensland this afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of south east Queensland including the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Harvey Bay and Fraser Island. The thunderstorms are no longer affecting the region as at 2.50pm.

Coombabah has copped the heaviest downpour so far – recording 53mm of rain today – most of which fell during the intense storm just after lunch.

Pacific Pines had 34mm, Little Nerang Dam recorded 28mm, Labrador had 42mm, Biggera Waters had 32mm, Molendinar 16mm, Carrara 10mm, Mudgeeraba 8mm and Numinbah Valley 32mm.

It comes as the low pressure trough that caused widespread flooding in Victoria reaches the Gold Coast and gradually moves out to sea.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.

* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.

* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.

* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Earlier predictions by Weatherzone pointed to the Gold Coast copping up to 200mm of rain when the ‘beast’ of the system hit today.

However, the system weakened quicker than expected.

This afternoon’s downpour is expected to stick around until late night with drizzle tomorrow before clearing on Wednesday.