Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cyclone Debbie brings torrental rain

Tail of Cyclone Debbie brings torrential rain to Queensland

Queensland is being lashed by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, with heavy rain hampering the clean-up in the north and bringing torrential rain and flooding further south.

An army vehicle drives through floodwaters near the Queensland town of Bowen on Wednesday. An army vehicle drives through floodwaters near the Queensland town of Bowen. Photo: AFP

30 March, 2017

The powerful storm hit on Tuesday, causing widespread damage the north where fallen trees still block roads and communications are compromised.

Schools in south-east Queensland were shut and businesses were being asked to close by lunchtime as the storm, now a tropical low, sweeps down the coast bringing severe thunderstorms, torrential rain and flash flooding.

Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast will get their worst rain tonight before the system moves offshore tomorrow.
Former brings severe rain, winds, as it heads to Qld's south-east

Emergency services have already rescued about 40 people from floodwaters in the south-east.

Brisbane is forecast to get 200mm of rain, more than the average monthly fall. In coastal areas and higher ground 400mm could fall.

Numinbah, in the Gold Coast hinterland, had already received 186mm of rain by 6am.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said parents who had already dropped their children at school should try to collect them.

The decision was made after it became clear some public transport may be suspended in areas where there is flash flooding, she said.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said it was an "unprecedented late call". "We can't afford to have inexperienced young kids walking home from school at a time where there could be flash flooding."

Water from south-east dams was been released before the heaviest rain and additional swift-water rescue crews had been brought in.

"We'll be watching that weather system every step of the way as it moves gradually down our coast," she said.

"This is a very, very big weather system that's going to wreak havoc all the way down the coast."

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