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Qld, NSW, Victoria weather: Storm’s worst day with rain deluge moving south

Qld residents have been warned to be alert and prepared against life threatening floods, as rapidly rising waters overwhelm towns and block roads.

After days of being smashed by record downpours, Queensland is set to face its worst day of rain.

Several emergency alerts were issued on Friday morning, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of locally intense rain which may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding.

Speaking to media on Friday morning, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the rainfall is “actually more sporadic, and not as heavy” as previous events, however she said residents must still remain alert and prepared.

“We are very concerned at the moment about monitoring those rivers, especially the ones which I said were major flood warnings, which is the Konnan mine, Logan, Bremer River,” she said.

“We’re not expecting the Brisbane River to reach beyond minor flood level which is good at this stage.”

The Bureau called the event an “evolving situation” and said rains would continue into Friday and Saturday, before the rain is set to clear.

This morning, footage from several towns show inundated streets and flooded roads with reports of the QFES being called to rescue trapped residents.

‘Very serious’ warning as Qld lashed

Speaking about the warnings, spokeswoman for the BOM Laura Boekel called the rain event a “very serious situation”.

So far the QFES have initiated nine swift water rescues and 150 calls for help, however a spokesman for the rescue service stressed that “a number of those are preventable incidents”.

“We want to make sure that the message around not traveling through floodwaters, particularly in low-lying areas and creeks where we have the immediate rainfall or (rises in the water),” he told media on Friday.

While minor riverine flooding is predicted for the Brisbane River, flooding in creeks presented a much more fast-changing situation.

“The creeks are a different situation, because creeks can respond very rapidly,” said Ms Boekel.

“So depending on how high houses and residences are (or) how close they are to the creeks, keep an eye on all of our warnings, on the radar and follow the advice of emergency services.”

‘It is soul destroying:’ Mayor speaks

The QFES are also on standby for emergency rescues, with 9News sharing reports of a man in the rural town of Laidley after the banks of the Laidely Creek broke in Mulgowie on Friday morning.

The area is a particular point of concern after it received 170mm of rain overnight, with the another 100mm forecasted for today. Ms Palaszczuk estimated that around 300 properties in Laidley have had water inundate their properties so far.

Footage shared online shows the Laidley Creek Bridge is also completely overwhelmed by gushing streams, with floodwaters also rapidly rising in the town’s centre.

Mayor of Lockyer Valley, Tanya Milligan, said modeling had initially suggested up to 260 homes across the valley could face flooding or complete inundation. This amount is considerably higher than the homes affected during the February and March floods.

“The modeling is even telling us, this is the really horrible stuff, there is an expectation we will probably have about 260 homes that will have flooding,” she said.

“The event that we had in February and March we had about 68 homes [inundated].

“It is soul destroying, it’s absolutely crushing.”

On Friday afternoon, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed about 300 properties had already been impacted by flood water.

Queensland braces for worst day

Overnight, dramatic photos emerged of the situation in Killarney along the Condamine River, which was hit with rising floodwaters.

The Twitter account for Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads also shared a series of roads in the state’s southeast area of ​​Somerset which have gone underwater as of midday Thursday.

This includes the Geoff Fisher Bridge in Fernvale, the Mount Stanley Crossing and Kilcoy Bridge Crossing.

The BOM have forecast potential severe storms with heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts across the coast from Ayr to just before Brisbane and as far inland as Charleville.

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is also in place for the state’s southeast, including areas like Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Maroochydore, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Kingaroy, Caboolture and Gatton.

“With six-hourly rainfall totals between 100mm to 160mm possible, flash flooding could occur during the early hours of Friday, continuing into Friday evening,” the QFES warned on Thursday night.

Locally intense rainfall is possible with thunderstorm activity and this may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding.

Across the Lockyer Valley all low-lying areas have been urged to self-evacuate due to the risk of flooding.

Residents in Warwick, Allora, Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and people in the Lockyer Valley Regional council.

Bleak forecast for NSW

Queensland’s bout of huge rains comes as two other states could be hit with a weekend of wet and wild weather.

With the current La Nina phase lasting longer than average, and the wet and wild weather is predicted to continue until winter.

After February’s fatal flooding, the BOM forecasts that minor flooding is possible in NSW’s Northern Rivers and Central West areas, with the Tweed and Rouse rivers, Brunswick River, Richmond River, Macquarie Ricer and Bogan River under threat.

Although the Bureau has predicted “widespread rain and humid conditions for Friday morning”, the rain should ease by the late morning with “just an odd shower or two expected”.

The ACT won’t escape the downpour either. BOM reports it’ll continue to rain in the nation’s capital until late morning on Friday, with isolated showers and even brief periods of sun for later in the day. The weekend will also see a high of 20C and 19C, with one or two showers early on in the day.

Likewise, the same weather system that’s impacting NSW and Queensland is also set to bring wet weather to Melbourne, though in less extreme terms.

Damaging tastes for WA

Not to be outdone by Australia’s east coast, Western Australia has severe weather warnings for fire, heavy winds and flood.

Flash flooding with six-hourly rainfalls between 60 to 90mm and isolated totals of 90 to 120mm could hit Onslow, with the BOM warning of flash flooding in the far northern Gascoyne and the western to central Pilbara regions.

Along the state’s south coast, from Augusta to Israelite Bay, damaging wind gusts of up to 90km/h could wreak havoc from early Friday morning. The Bureau predicts affected areas may include Albany, Esperance, Mount Barker, Hopetoun, Israelite Bay and Walpole.

Over the Eucla, 11km west of the South Australian border, a front is forecast to bring strong north to north-westerly winds ahead of the front and moderate west to south-westerly winds behind the front. As of 3am local time, the BOM has issued a severe fire danger for the area, with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services asking residents to monitor conditions and action their Bushfire Survival Plan.

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