Torrential rain, boulders, flooding: don't drive now

FLOODED streets, boulders on roads, torrential rain and almost zero visibility at times - you'd have to be a mug to be on south-east Queensland roads right now.


As firefighters rush to save people trapped in floodwaters, not enough are heading the message to stay home.

We drove into work well before the heaviest rain this morning.

Even then it was torrential at times, even frightening.

Driving on the Sunshine Coast, from Nambour to Maroochydore, even on our major roads, is fraught with danger.

Cars without their lights, others zooming by as if they are hurrying to die.


Most, however, we just trying to stay on the road in the blinding rain.

It's hard to imagine what it will be like when the really heavy rains set in.

A string of routes have been added to the growing Sunshine Coast road closure list.

ROAD CLOSED: Back Rd Woombye at the rail overpass.
ROAD CLOSED: Back Rd Woombye at the rail overpass. Patrick Woods

Flash flooding has closed roads in Tanawha, Forest Glen, Doonan, Maroochy River, Elimbah, Palmwoods and Tewantin.
Even driving in this morning, roads around Nambour were starting to go under along with other well known flooding spots, including Yandina-Coolum Road.

Chevallum, Diamond Valley, Doonan,  Glass House Mountains, North Arm and Verrierdale also have roads closed.
In Brisbane, there are scenes of stranded motorists, including a BMW in Milton.

The carpark of Toombul Shopping centre, in north Brisbane, has started to flood. There are no reports of people trapped.

Firefighters were called to assist a car in floodwaters in Palm Beach at 10.30am. QFES is also on the way to Widdop St, Hendra, Albion St, Woolloongabba, and Latimer St, Logan Village to reports of vehicles in water.
Brisbane has been warned to expect 100km/h winds as the weather event intensifies, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk reports..

Just after noon, the heaviest rainfall was occurring over parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett region near Seventeen Seventy and Bundaberg with rainfall rates of 50-100m in 1 hour.

"Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150 to 250 mm are expected, with significantly higher accumulations in excess of 400mm possible locally, mostly about the higher ground in southeast Queensland,'' the Bureau of Meteorology says.

"This rainfall will be very intense at times, leading to a risk of severe localised flash flooding. Locations that may be affected include Gladstone, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

"Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are occurring in the warning area, particularly about the coast and islands, between Rockhampton and Hervey Bay.

"The most likely area for damaging wind gusts will move south along the coast during today and overnight

"Destructive wind gusts, in excess of 125 km/h, are possible about the coastal fringe and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts during today and overnight."

It's no time to be on the roads.

News Corp Australia

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