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Kayaker dead as Qld floods shut schools

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A kayaker has been found dead on a swollen Queensland river a day after he was reported missing amid heavy rains across the state.

The 75-year-old man was reported missing on Wednesday after going onto the Mary River, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on Sunday.

His body was found in the river about 1km south of Conondale.

His family has been notified and police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Meanwhile, the search for a woman who disappeared in the Gold Coast hinterland has resumed after being suspended due to heavy rains.

Yang Chen, 26, was reported missing about 11am on Wednesday by a man she was walking with near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley.

The man told police he lost sight of her. It's not clear whether she got lost, fell or walked out of bushland to nearby roads.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of more intense rainfall to come, which could lead to life-threatening flash flooding.

The heaviest falls are expected to continue throughout the northern Gold Coast and Scenic Rim where roads have been closed.

Footage posted online shows ferocious rapids running down the road at Tamborine Mountain, with a wall of water inundating shops.

Properties at Oxenford, Hope Island and Helensvale may be impacted by floodwater on Thursday afternoon, with those near Coomera River and Saltwater Creek most at threat.

There were 19 swift water rescues across the state in the 24 hours to 4am on Thursday, most of them on the Sunshine Coast.

A Mt Coolum nursing home was evacuated , and a mother had to rescue her son on the Gold Coast after he was swept from a footpath into a river.

Warnings for coastal catchments between Bundaberg and the NSW border are in place.

This includes major flood warning for the Condamine River, downstream of Warwick in southern Queensland.

Large swells from ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi are expected to pummel beaches south of Fraser Island, with the Gold Coast expecting the heaviest surf on Thursday.

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches, and theme parks have been closed.

Eighteen schools are also shut, along with 15 childcare centres.

About 2000 customers have been hit by power outages on the Sunshine Coast, Energex reported shortly before 1am on Thursday.

In the state's far north, residents are bracing for heatwave conditions into the mid-40s, with February temperature records expected to tumble.

Temperatures are expected to reach 44C in Mt Isa at the weekend.

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