A woman was trapped in a vehicle for more than an hour following a crash near Maleny.
A woman was trapped in a vehicle for more than an hour following a crash near Maleny. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Brace for a month's worth of rain

DRIVERS had to be plucked from crashed cars and beaches were closed as parts of southeast Queensland brace for more than a month's rain to fall in just one day.

Rescue crews were kept busy across the weekend with crashes on the Sunshine Coast and slow going for motorists on major roads, ahead of even more rain on Monday.

Residents below a Sunshine Coast dam were also warned to take care as it spilled water.

Brisbane received 15mm on Saturday and another 22.6mm to 7.30pm yesterday but southeast Queensland is in for an unseasonable soaking with heavy showers, and strong winds whipping up a big swell.

The capital is expected to receive between 20-50mm, with isolated pockets of heavier falls.

Forecasters tip up to 120mm of rain on the Sunshine Coast today, well above the October average of 70mm at the airport. The Gold Coast is tipped to receive ­between 25mm and 60mm after more than 200mm was dumped on parts of Upper Springbrook in two days.

Meteorologist Andrew Busalino said it was unusual to have such an extended period of rain in October.

"Generally, we have a shower thunderstorm in the afternoon rather than a broad rainfall event," he said.

Mr Busalino said the rain, which has offered welcome reprieve to many people across the southeast, will weaken over the next several days.

The RACQ LifeFlight helicopter was kept busy during the weekend deluge and was called to several crashes as the road conditions worsened.

One woman in her mid-20s was trapped in her vehicle for more than an hour after it crashed into a tree near Maleny. Another woman was flown to hospital after a vehicle reportedly skidded into the path of an another vehicle in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Lifesavers closed beaches on the Sunshine and Gold coasts and North Stradbroke Island, due to dangerous conditions caused by strong winds and large swells. And Seqwater advised residents on the Sunshine Coast that Poona Dam had started spilling

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