South-east Queensland lashed with ‘very dangerous’ storms and intense rainfall


Dangerous thunderstorms that hit south-east Queensland tonight have brought substantial rain to the region, with one bayside suburb recording 118mm in one hour.

Between 6:00pm and 7:00pm, 118mm fell at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane’s bayside, while 105mm was recorded just south of Beenleigh in Logan.

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A severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for people on the Sunshine Coast and parts of Gympie, Somerset, Redland City, Noosa, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

The latest advice says the storms could bring intense rainfall that could lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding, and damaging winds were likely.

“Very dangerous thunderstorms moved in just to the east and south-east of the Brisbane area and are moving out towards the coast,” Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said.

“Well above the heavy rainfall thresholds into the intense rainfall, so a very dangerous amount of rain falling in a short amount of time there.

“It’s been quite an active evening for sure.”

Heavy rain floods a verandah in Alexandra Hills.(Supplied: Scott Balcombe)

A trough further inland triggered a lot of the storm activity, which tracked across the south-east coast, and is expected to impact parts of the Sunshine Coast later in the evening.

Mr Kennedy said further storms were possible tomorrow.

“The trough sitting inland is still likely to persist there, so the triggers will likely have those storms firing once again, unfortunately,” he said.

“At this stage, a slightly lower risk in terms of severity, but there will certainly still be the risk of seeing those potentially severe thunderstorms, both bringing heavy rainfall, damaging wind gusts and potentially some large hail as well.”

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Sydney COVID northern beaches cluster grows; Greater Sydney Christmas restrictions to potentially change; Victoria, WA, Qld border closures lashed by Gladys Berejiklian


Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has urged the federal government to roll out the Pfizer vaccine faster, saying “if it’s ready to go, let’s roll it out”.

He said the federal government will make a decision in regard to the Pfizer vaccine in January, but the rollout won’t commence until March.

“That makes no sense. If the approval is made in January, it should be rolled out in January as a matter of urgency,” he told ABC News Breakfast. “And also there’s only been provision made for 10 million doses – quite clearly we’re going to need more than that. And so we need more vaccines, more quickly.”

“If there was a vaccine available, there would be queues that are much longer than the queues that have been there to have COVID testing in places like the northern beaches and, indeed, in the inner west, in recent days.

“This is having an impact on people’s lives, it’s having an impact on their mental health. All those people who are going to miss out on sitting down for Christmas lunch with the family, and if the TGA approves the vaccine in January, it just seems to me incredibly complacent for the government to say, ‘No, we’ll just sit around for another couple of months before it’s available’.”

“Surely, we should be making it available as soon as possible.”



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Beaches being lashed on Coffs Coast


POWERFUL waves and high tides will combine to create dangerous conditions along our coastline today and leading into Monday.

And with more rain on the way overnight people are warned to stay vigilant in coming days.

It has been a nervous time for residents on Boronia Street in Sawtell as water levels in Middle Creek rose to concerning levels prompting evacuation warnings.

RELATED: Flood threat subsides for now after morning evacuation

​Now the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning for the Coffs coast from today (Sunday).

With waves exceeding five metres a possibility in the surf zone from late Sunday evening, conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming.

Rain clouds gathering along Sawtell beach on Sunday morning.

People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas. Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.

Significant high tides during Monday may lead to localised coastal inundation. The combination of these tides and damaging surf may lead to significant beach erosion.

Joel Wiseman, Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Lifesaving, said that conditions along the northern NSW coastline may become dangerous from tomorrow. He urged the public to exercise extreme caution if they are visiting the coastline.

“Surf conditions on the Coffs coast may be extreme tomorrow and these hazardous conditions may continue into Monday.

“We strongly recommend members of the public to exercise caution when boating and not to engage in risky coastal activities such as rock fishing over the next two days.

“It could be very challenging for our surf lifesavers to rescue people who get into trouble in these conditions over the next two days,” said Joel Wiseman.

As a gazetted emergency service organisation, Surf Life Saving NSW has call-out teams, Duty Officers and surf rescue assets on standby to respond to coastal emergencies.

Visit beachsafe.org.au or download the Beachsafe App, to find patrolled locations and up-to-date beach conditions.

Since July 1 this year, 16 people have drowned on the NSW coastline.

During the 2019/20 season, 49 people drowned on the NSW coastline.





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NSW coast to be lashed by rain over next seven days due to low-pressure system


The east coast of NSW will continue to be lashed by consistent rain for the next seven days, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning there could be flash flooding in parts.

In Sydney, footy fans have been soaked while watching the NRLW grand final, with no let-up all evening.

The weather pattern is part of a trough that began on Friday, bringing widespread storm activity to the west of the state, before moving east.

Temperatures have also dropped due to a cold front which has seen almost 10 centimetres of snowfall in the alps.

Senior BOM forecaster Jordan Notara said the trough was starting to form a low-pressure system off the central NSW coastline.

“That is going to bring some more rain and shower activity through most eastern parts of the state,” he said.

“It may be heavy at times for areas around the central coastline, particularly during the parts of the morning hours [on Monday].

“We expect to see the continuation of generally wet conditions, unfortunately, through the next seven days, mostly around the eastern seaboard.”

Storms caused severe damage at a caravan park in the Hunter region.(Twitter: NSW SES)

Murrurundi in the Hunter region received the highest rainfall, with 59 millimetres falling in the 24 hours to 9:00am Sunday.

Tumbarumba on the South West Slopes and Plains also received 59 mm during the same period, causing flooding to local roads, the oval and caravan parks.

A man aged in his 70s had to be rescued from a house due to rapidly rising waters.

The NSW State Emergency Services (SES) said it had received almost 200 calls over the past 24 hours.

Its Singleton unit was called to a caravan park at McDougall’s Hill in the Hunter region on Saturday night, when strong winds caused damage to several caravans and cabins.

Some structures lost their roofs while others had damaged or missing awnings.

An aerial view of a flooded oval.
Tumbarumba’s oval was inundated and the local caravan park evacuated.(Supplied: NSW SES/Rob Thompson)

Thredbo in the Southern Tablelands received 45mm and 43mm fell at Narrabri on the Northwest Plains.

In Greater Sydney, Castle Hill (31mm), Horsley Park (30mm) and Terrey Hills received the most rainfall over the same 24-hour period.

NSW SES chief superintendent Greg Swindells said more than 4,000 crew members were on standby in the Sydney metro region to respond to flooding or storm damage.

Mr Notara said the lingering trough would remain throughout inland areas, bringing storms, which could be severe, around Tuesday.

He said there was still a chance of rain in the north-western parts of the state over the next seven days.

However, it is not expected to be as heavy as it has been over the past two days, which will be welcome news for farmers who are in the middle of their harvest.

The BOM issued a warning for severe thunderstorms across the Northern Rivers which were likely to produce heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones.

The areas which could be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Casino, Kyogle, Yamba and Maclean.

The BOM earlier issued a warning for severe thunderstorms for the Mid North Coast, Hunter and North West Slopes and Plains, however thunderstorms are no longer occurring in those areas.



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New Jersey Seaside Towns Lashed by Tropical Storm Fay



Strong winds and sheets of rain lashed the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey, on July 10, as Tropical Storm Fay’s center neared the Jersey Shore. A tropical storm warning was in place for parts of the Northeast, including Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Fay’s maximum sustained winds reached 60 mph by Friday afternoon at 2 pm, the National Hurricane Center said. Several inches of rain brought street flooding to areas on the Jersey Shore. This video was taken at the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. Flooding was also reported in Avalon and Stone Harbor. Credit: @BobKissling via Storyful



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