Severe storms are once again battering Australia’s eastern coastline, this time hitting south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.
The deluge which began on Thursday has continued in to Friday. The most intense weather is due to batter the border region overnight.
Up to 150mm of rainfall was recorded in a single hour between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast on Friday, accompanied by winds over 100kph.
Many key arterial roads in Brisbane’s north were reportedly closed on Friday evening due to flooding.
According to sources, many workers have been stranded during the evening commute, unable to get home due to flooding in the Caboolture area. At Morayfield Shopping Centre, flood waters have inundated the carpark area.
South-east Queensland has been drenched by up to 200mm of rain over the past 36 hours. State Premier Annastacia Palasczuk warned residents to remain indoors with up to a further 300mm of rain and flash flooding expected.
Friday night’s Anzac rugby league Test at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium has been postponed.
Severe thunderstorms categorised by the Bureau of Meteorology as ‘very dangerous’ were forecast to hit areas including Brisbane, Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Burpengary, Landsborough, Narangba, Kallangur and Mapleton
The weather warnings extend in to northern NSW as the low pressure system tracks south overnight.
The intense weather follows similarly destructive storms which hammered the coastal region north and south of Sydney last week.
IMAGE: BOM radar image at 6pm on Friday (local time). Brisbane is in there somewhere.