States to cop ‘worst rain in years’
SEVERE thunderstorms and heavy downpours will continue to batter Queensland and NSW in the coming days.
Queensland has already copped up to 300mm of rain across the weekend in one of the worst starts to the wet season on record.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, strong winds, heavy rain and possible storms are expected will continue to lash the state in coming days - particularly in the north where the bad weather could persist until Wednesday.
Yesterday, Brisbane recorded its wettest February day in 46 years - copping a massive 136mm of rain making the period its wettest day since May 2, 2015, when 183mm fell.
The bureau also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of NSW and ACT - including the Southern Tablelands and parts of Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.
"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours," the warning reads.
"Locations which may be affected include Nowra, Braidwood, Canberra, Goulburn, Yass and Queanbeyan."
Severe thunderstorm warning updated, with heavy rainfall redeveloping around #Townsville. Heavy falls possible elsewhere in the warning area, with damaging wind gusts possible in the northwest. Updates: https://t.co/kR2Xz4GYzJ pic.twitter.com/cYsZIAG2Gn— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 24, 2018
Jonathan How from the Extreme Weather Desk at the Bureau of Meteorology, told news.com.au today that the heavy rain and thunderstorms in Brisbane will subside by the end of the day - but other parts of Queensland can expect to cop it for a few more days.
"It is quite unusual to see this amount of rain, at this time of year in Queensland and we're seeing some of the biggest daily totals of rainfall in years," he said.
He added that it's going to feel very hot in parts of SA and central and western Victoria in the coming days - as temperatures could reach the mid-thirties. However, a cold front is expected to move in by the middle of next week.
The nasty weather in Queensland almost proved fatal for one young boy, who is lucky to be alive after becoming stuck in a drain on one of the state's wettest days.
According to the Courier Mail, four-year-old Drazic Grimmett was playing with friends in a Morayfield park yesterday morning when he crawled up a stormwater drain.
After travelling about 50m along the pipe, he was unable to get out.
He was eventually rescued by four Caboolture firefighters who had to remove the stormwater grate to get him out.
Among the flash flooding, two tourists had to be rescued by swift-water crews on Friday night after their car was swept from a causeway at Kobble Creek, near Dayboro.
The pair escaped their vehicle but were washed 200m downstream. A four-year-old was also pulled from a drain in Morayfield, north of Brisbane, where he was playing unsupervised before being stuck for more than 20 minutes.
In the past 24 hours the SES has responded to 400 call-outs, mainly in the southeast.
About 150mm of rain has fallen in Brisbane since 9am on Friday, and the drizzle is expected to continue early this week.
Around 30,000 properties across north and central Queensland were left without power as the wild storms hit and left extensive damage to properties on Tuesday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch in the Gulf country, as significant storm activity is forecast in the next few days.
The deluge swamping southeast Queensland has delivered average monthly rainfalls within 24 hours, producing flash flooding, road closures and overspilling dams.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the upper low system saw many areas from the Sunshine Coast to Gold Coast receive more than their monthly average in one day.
The bureau's latest figures show Toolakea (northwest of Townsville) copped a whopping 498mm in five days this week - making it the wettest part of the state.
Binna Burra in the Gold Coast Hinterland was the most rain-sodden in 24 hours with 215mm, while Springbrook, Tamborine Montain and Numibah all topped 200mm.
In Brisbane, Park Ridge in the southern outskirts had the most with 167mm and Kenmore Hills received 163mm.
Nambour was inundated on the Sunshine Coast with 156mm, while storms further north saw Paluma, near Townsville, receive 174mm.
Bureau forecaster Lauren Pattie said the chance of thunderstorms early next week could still see some areas receive more large dumps.
"There's still a chance of seeing heavy falls but they're more isolated and associated with thunderstorms rather than the widespread and excessive rain we've seen," she told AAP.
SEQ Water advised 13 ungated dams were spilling as the catchment's average rainfall for the coastal areas ranged from 130-230mm.
"The SEQ Water Grid ... climbed to 76.8 per cent - a 1.2 per cent increase in the past 24 hours. Inflows for the dams will continue over the next few days," it said in a statement.
The Grid, which makes up nearly 90 per cent of southeast Queensland's total water storage, has captured over 35,000 million litres of water flows as of Saturday morning.
Farmers out west could also celebrate some welcome help with storms dumping more than 50mm in central Queensland areas.
It came as the Isaac region was offered federal disaster assistance funding after copping torrential rain this week in storms rated worse than Cyclone Debbie by locals.
- with AAP