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Wet Weather Shifting Over Wide Bay Burnett

As the Sunshine Coast continues to recover from the bushfires that swept through last month, there has been a slightly early start to the storm season.  

The Bureau Of Meteorology's Dean Narramore said "impressive showers and storms really blew up last night [Monday] and very slow moving and very heavy rainfall for some locations".

Impressive falls were seen around "Beachemere with 136mm, Maroochydore Depot had around 112mm, Caboolture 98mm, Coolum West 82, Tewantin 81, Deception Bay 80; so pretty much anywhere from the far northern suburbs of Brisbane all the way up to around Noosa had somewhere around that 50-100mm range".

He added that unfortunately it fell quite quickly so there was some localised flooding in areas including Caboolture and Beachemere.

The wet weather is due to shift to the Wide Bay Burnett during Tuesday.  Mr Narramore said we won't see the rainfall totals like those seen on the Coast but could get 10-20mm of rain in parts. Those directly under the storm could be in store for 40-50mm of rain.

Mr Narramore said we don't tend to see storms like this in September but it is October 1 on Tuesday, so "October, November, December we're really starting to head towards our peak [storm] season and we're starting to get those south easterly changes now with a bit more moisture in there, a bit more unstable so we can sometimes see these thunder events".

"This was heavier and stronger than we do normally see, but it's not out of the scope of things.

He added that there was some hail in Caboolture and just north of there overnight after we saw hailstorms sweep through the Coast on the weekend.

The below was issued late on Monday night.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Southeast Queensland
for HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in parts of Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

Issued at 10:51 pm Monday, 30 September 2019.

Weather Situation:

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 10:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Redcliffe and Beachmere. They are forecast to affect Deception Bay waters by 11:20 pm and Bribie Island by 11:50 pm.

Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

73mm in an hour has been observed at Beachmere

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:55 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Cancellation Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Southeast Queensland
For people in Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council Areas.

Issued at 3:38 am Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Southeast Queensland area (east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe). The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

61mm of rain fell in 30 minutes to 3:00am at Doonan Creek.

Looking ahead it will return to hot and dry conditions on the Coast.

By Michelle Price