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Severe storms lash South East Queensland

1 October 2019

Severe thunderstorms have produced very heavy rainfall totals across parts of SE QLD overnight, with the northern suburbs of Brisbane and Sunshine Coast bearing the brunt of the activity.

Widespread falls of 50-100mm were recorded with Beachmere topping the list with a whopping 144mm to 9am this morning, including just 126mm falling in just 2 hours. Other notable totals include, Caboolture 108mm, Maroochydore 112mm, Eudlo Flats 123mm, Dunethin Rock 100mm, Doonan Creek 109mm and Rainbow Beach 136mm.

The rain was so heavy in some areas, that homes and businesses were flooded, including Anytime Fitness at Caboolture that was evacuated.

Across the northern suburbs of Brisbane, falls were more moderate with Deagon picking up 25mm, Redcliffe 74mm, Luggage Point 28mm and Brisbane Airport scored 35mm.

Severe storms also brought the threat of hail, with the Caloundra region seeing hail larger than 10 cent pieces with activity overnight.

Whilst the rainfall was a welcome relief for residents across northern SE QLD, it has done little to ease the pain for drought stricken regions across inland parts of the state. And with the potential for heatwave conditions to develop later this week, fire dangers are once again expected to increase significantly across southern QLD.

Image 1, EWN rainfall totals to 9am 1st October, 2019

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