THE lashing of rain and wind affected huge swathes of Queensland overnight, putting emergency crews on high alert, inundating major roads in Brisbane and delivering a much-needed drenching for our rural areas.
Swift Water Rescue teams were called into action 27 times in the past 24 hours, with 23 of those in Brisbane.
By comparison, NSW emergency services needed to conduct six flood rescues in the same period.
The SES took 330 calls overall.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services duty manager Steve Hollands told the ABC they were called to help "scared people and small babies".
"We had a total of 23 swift water incidents - five were life rescues where we actually had to go into the water to take people to safety," he said.
Not helping matters were idiot motorists who were still disobeying the Queensland proverb: If it's flooded, forget it, with some caught in the act on Monday morning by traffic helicopters.
Drivers were caught ignoring Road Closed signs at Willawong on Brisbane's south side.
In Brisbane, the western suburbs including Toowong, Mt Coot-ha and Corinda were the hardest hit, battling between 100mm and 170mm.
Up to 9500 homes lost power on Sunday night. All but 76 at Peachester on the Sunshine Coast were restored by Monday morning.
To the west, rural families have welcomed the drenching.
Queensland's south-west regions near Charleville had buckets of rain -- with more than 100mm in some nearby areas.
It was not enough to break the drought, says Murweh Shire Council Mayor Annie Liston, who spoke to the ABC from Charleville.
"It's winter rain, so it's not often that we get this sort of rain at this time," she said.
"I think about the beginning of June we had another 25mm back then, so this is two lots in a matter of weeks - it'll be a real help."
Farmer Peter Thompson, who lives 80km north of Roma, said there needed to be a season of rain to break the drought, but that with this month's falls, "it's certainly a really good start".
Central Queensland regions around Mackay were also treated to a massive downpour, with about 80mm falling in inland areas. By the time the rains hit the beach, the volume was falling. The coastal Mackay region didn't receive more than 49mm.
A general flood warning for Warrill Creek, the Lower Thomson and Barcoo Rivers, Stanley River and for parts of southern and south-east Queensland remains in place.
Eungella Dam: 75mm
Bowen Airport: 30mm
Moranbah Airport: 32mm
Gladstone Airport: 0mm
BUNDABERG / WIDE BAY
Hervey Bay: 1mm
Double Is Point: 38
Noosa Heads: 44mm
Golden Beach: 15mm
Clean-up begins after severe storms hit Queensland
A BLOCK of units in Mooloolaba has borne the brunt of the damage in this afternoon's severe weather, losing its roof during the heavy downpour.
The units on Akeringa Place were damaged earlier today and emergency services were onsite.
Powerlines were pulled down in Eumundi and more than 4900 people on the Sunshine Coast were also without power in the aftermath of the storm.
But no more damage is expected and the state can now start the job of cleaning up.
As of 8.30pm, storm warnings were cancelled for Queensland as the rain moved south into New South Wales.
Power was quickly being restored to homes across the state, and as off 8.50pm, power had been restored to more than 2000 homes on the Sunshine Coast,.
However more homes on the Gold Coast were also without power, leaving about 6000 people in the dark.
Energex said more than 8000 homes in total across south-east Queensland were without power after the heavy rainfall lashed the coastline late this afternoon.
The Gold Coast, where the rain has concentrated after 7pm, was also having issues with power and closed roads.
Elsewhere across south-east Queensland it is cars that appear to have been heavily damaged, with many becoming partly submerged as flash flooding rose in areas across the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and outer suburbs.
SEVERE thunderstorm warnings have been issued for south-east Queensland, from Fraser Coast to Brisbane.
As of 6.30pm, the storms were heading south-east and due to affect the islands off Queensland's coastline.
Queensland Police have issued a strong reminder to stay out of floodwaters and publicly named the streets where drivers are repeatedly ignoring the warning.
As of 7pm, the heavier rain had moved south to Redlands, Logan and the Gold Coast, leaving Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to mop up after hours of strong falls.
QPS Media tweeted one building in Mooloolaba may have had its roof ripped off in the extreme weather.
There has been a severe storm event in Mooloolaba - reports of significant damage in Akeringa Place. Stay away. #bigwet— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) June 19, 2016
Channel 9 reported drivers and passengers had to be rescued from their cars in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast as floodwaters stranded them.
Flash flooding rose rapidly in most western suburbs of Brisbane thanks to extreme rainfall of more than 100mm in some places.
QPS Media shared street names and suburbs on Twitter where drivers were heading straight into floodwater, despite years of education on how risky that can be.
FLOODED - Moggil Road, Indooroopilly. Cars repeatedly driving through rising flood waters. Stay away. #bigwet— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) June 19, 2016
At 6.07pm, the areas BOM predicted would be affected included Brisbane, Logan City and outer suburbs.
Kenmore recorded 68mm in 1 hour.
Greenhill recorded 65mm in 1 hour.
Forestdale has recorded 69mm within an hour.
Just after 4.30pm, the Bureau of Meteorology said the thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and abundance of smaller hail over the warning area over the next several hours.
After that, BOM advised that very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Brisbane CBD and Strathpine.
Very dangerous thunderstorms were forecast to affect Sunnybank Hills, Camp Hill and Narangba by 5:05 pm and Beaudesert, Lake Samsonvale and Burpengary by 5:35 pm.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.
Earlier, BOM said severe thunderstorms are also likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts.
Locations which may be affected include Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay waters and Caboolture.
Other locations which may be affected include Quilpie, Windorah, Eromanga, Orientos, Ballera and Morney.
Already Bundaberg and Gladstone areas have copped a pelting.
Heavy rain is falling on the Sunshine Coast.
Earlier, the bureau issued another warning for Queensland.
Locations which may be affected include Thargomindah, Quilpie, Windorah, Bulloo Downs, Eromanga and Ballera.
Higgins Storm Chasing reported widespread falls from Mackay to Sydney were pushing the 25-50mm mark with areas around the Capricornia and South-East QLD (Warwick and North of Brisbane) areas pushing 50-70mm.
"Flash flooding is becoming evident across many (areas) now and this should increase as the rain hangs around. Rain across South-East NSW should increase across the next several hours as the low pushes towards the Coast,'' it said on its Facebook page.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett districts, however heavy activity will continue over the next few hours, the bureau said.
BOM says the east coast low will miss Queensland completely and cross the coast in southern New South Wales.
Flood warnings have been issued for 13 areas across NSW, with the Illawarra and south coast region expected to be hit the hardest.
Police urge motorists to take extra care on wet roads
Police are asking motorists to take care during the heavy rainfall across Queensland.
"Heavy rainfall is expected and whilst it may not be as extreme as the severe weather event a couple of weeks ago we still ask all drivers to be patient and to take great care on roads," assistant commissioner Mike Keating, Road Policing Command said.
"We have a very simple message to motorists contemplating taking the risk: If it's flooded, forget it."
Earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology says moderate to heavy rainfall will continue moving eastwards across southern and eastern Queensland during Sunday, contracting off the east coast late today.
In the 48 hours to 9:00 am Sunday, widespread rainfall totals of 40-80 mm were recorded over western and central southern Queensland, with local falls in excess of 100 mm.
River level rises above the minor flood level are possible.
Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.
Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Maroochy, Mooloolah, Pine, Caboolture, tributaries of the Brisbane River, Logan, Albert, Condamine and the Border Rivers.
The Georgina, Diamantina, Bulloo, Paroo, Warrego and Balonne Rivers and Cooper Creek have been removed from the Flood Watch area as rainfall is no longer affecting these catchments. River levels are starting to respond to the rainfall from earlier in the weekend and flood warnings will be issued if required.
7.20AM: QUEENSLAND is facing falls of up to 100mm on Sunday but weather forecasters say it will not be as torrential as the east coast low that hit the state and NSW a few weeks ago.
"Widespread rainfall totals of 50-80 mm are expected during the event, with isolated totals in excess of 100 mm possible,'' the Bureau of Meteorogy said in its latest advice on Saturday night.
In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Saturday, up to 40 mm of rainfall has been recorded in the Flood Watch area.
While there has been patches of heavy rain in the early hours of Sunday morning in south-east Queensland, rain totals have not been significant.
The bureau reported that 40-60 mm has been recorded across parts of central and western Queensland during Saturday.
Catchments at risk within the Flood Watch area include the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers, Cooper Creek, Bulloo, Paroo, Warrego, Balonne, Condamine, Moonie and Border Rivers.
Logan, Albert and tribuataries of the Brisbane River may be at risk later in the day Sunday due to already wetted catchments.
People living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop, the bureau said.
For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500
For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk told the ABC that council workers were ready to act on localised flooding.
"The biggest threat we would have from Sunday is if a storm event occurred and the storm stayed stationary," he said.
Already many residents, hit by previous flooding, have taken the precaution of sand bagging.
Moreton Bay Regional Council last week opened all sandbagging locations across the region following advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.
A list of sand and sandbag locations is available on council's website: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/sandbags
Mayor Allan Sutherland said urged parents to be vigilant.
"Keep the kids inside, don't go out and play in those drains. We didn't have loss of life injuries in the last event, let's hope we keep it that way," he said.
Higgins Storm Chasing, in its advice on Sunday morning, said the southern and eastern half of the state could expect great instability.
"A band of showers, storms and rain areas will move across Eastern QLD during the day reaching the South East Coast shortly after lunch time.
"Moderate rain is likely with the band and the addition of heavy rain and damaging winds possible in severe storms.
"Widespread 24 hr totals of 25 to 50mm are likely across the Eastern half of the state with the potential for falls up to 100mm in the South East Coast district."
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