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South-east Queensland could get up to 500mm of rain by the end of today as the weather system spreads chaos into NSW. Follow all the updates live …
Rising floodwaters also appear set to isolate some Gold Coast residents, as heavy rain continues to fall across the region. has been issued for the Tallebudgera Valley, which is expected to be cut off as roads are inundated.
Emergency alert issued to residents
Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at
More on that evacuation order for northern NSW.
wow, is very big and very wet indeed.
Go you good thing.
On our stroll to look at damage we came across a little guy looking for some dry land too.
Daredevils jetskiing and body-boarding in flooded waterways in southeast Queensland have been warned they could divert authorities from important rescue missions.
Another example of why motorists should stay off roads tonight. Mudslide at
Spare a thought for police, emergency workers and essential hospital staff who continue to remain on duty providing care Brisbane
Mark Bailey, state minister for road safety and minister for energy, has said many people in North Queensland are without power and services cannot be restored while roadways are flooded. The says the places where most customers affected are in Logan City (2,215), Sunshine Coast (1,824), Noosa (1,093) and the Scenic Rim Regional (1,067) areas. Updates are expected later this evening.
1,395 customers without power in Brisbane City, Logan City area. Check website for updates
Now that #TCDebbie has passed #BigWet is trending on Twitter.
And this be in our pergola
These some more palm trees
Flooded walkways in Kedron Park, Nundah. Please only send through images and vids if it's safe to do so! Stay dry!
Kedron Brook River in is raging!
There's a lot of good Darwin Award nominees today.
Sad news. “Debbie the cyclone cockatoo”, pulled from the floodwaters, has died.
Such sad news from QLD that Debbie the cockatoo has died. She represented so many animals injured by the cyclone
Debbie the cyclone cockatoo died the world is a terrible place
NSW Emergency Services has issued a flood evacuation warning for parts of the state’s far north coast as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie makes her way down from Queensland. Mark Morrow, the acting deputy commissioner of NSW SES, told ABC News 24 the crucial areas were Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Condon in the region of the Tweed River. Downstream, Chinderah, Bilambil and Fingal Head were also on the SES radar.
Queensland Fire & Emergency has shared this striking imagery of a bull shark that found itself too far inland in floodwaters.
Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater.
Senior Bom forecaster James Taylor has seen fire and he’s seen rain, and a lot of the latter today. He just gave an update on ABC News 24. The former cyclone has met with a cold front moving through north-eastern New South Wales, which is drawing in drier air in its north-west. But in the east and south, moisture from the Coral Sea is creating heavy rainfall over the Great Dividing Range and coastal regions.
Swift water rescue teams have pulled over 40 people from floodwaters today, with most either stranded in cars following flash floods across Brisbane, or on the Gold and Sunshine coasts. More details have come through of the rescue of the family trapped by floodwaters in their home at Tanawah, including four children aged from 11 months to nine years old.
My colleague Nick Evershed has put the former Cyclone Debbie into context, of the former cyclone with other weather events, like a light Melbourne drizzle to the torrential downpours caused by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
Afternoon, all – I’m taking over the live blog from Christopher, who reported half an hour ago that all the schools in south-east Queensland that were closed today would remain so tomorrow. The state’s Department of Education and Training has put out a statement expanding on those closures, “strongly urging parents to check local weather conditions and road access, and put their safety — and that of their children — above all else”.
Here’s some more vision of the situation on the Gold Coast, where major flooding has cut off roads and submerged cars. These cars are stuck in floodwaters just outside the Robina hospital.
A thunderstorm is about to bring destructive winds to the Gympie Council Area. The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning, and say damaging winds will hit Kilkivan by 2.35 pm (local time) and Kilkivan, Bauple and Mount Kanighan by 3.05 pm.
Tourists who were trapped on Daydream Island are now in Airlie Beach, where they’ve again found themselves stuck with no accommodation and no information. One of the evacuees, Hermione Gardiner, told my colleague, Helen Davidson, that they were being given very little assistance. It sounds pretty grim for the group.
Holiday makers arrive back from islands in the Whitsundays only to find they're now stuck in Airlie Beach.
Schools in storm-ravaged south-east Queensland will remain closed on Friday. The government announced this morning that all public, private, and independent schools would close on Thursday to limit movement and prevent injuries during Thursday’s dangerous weather.
UPDATE All schools that were closed today will remain closed tomorrow
Residents outside the Queensland town of Biloela are being urged to consider relocating as authorities issue an emergency alert for water levels at the Callide and Kroombit Dams. Police said preparations to leave should be made immediately and residents in areas at risk are being told to head to the Biloela civic centre.
The Bureau of Meteorology says parts of Brisbane have recorded 200mm in two hours. Parts of the Gold Coast have seen 380mm.
Alpha Street, Taringa. Live coverage on now.
Can't get onto the highway from my house as access closed. This Gold Coast weather is unbelievable at the moment. Definitely staying indoors
Dam overflowing in central Queensland after heavy falls last night and this morning from . Number 7 Dam at Mount Morgan
Langlands St, East Brisbane: cars underwater, houses flooding underneath
Malcolm Turnbull has arrived back in Canberra after his visit to cyclone-affected areas on the north Queensland coast. Turnbull spoke of Cyclone Debbie in question time, praising emergency services and the military, which he said had the largest pre-deployment for a natural disaster in its history. Turnbull said his visit had reinforced the importance of cyclone-resistant structures.
South-east Queensland could experience rainfall of 400mm in 24 hours. The rainfall is set to intensify throughout the afternoon and into Thursday night. Queensland Police commissioner, Ian Stewart, was wary of predicting rainfall in any single area.
Some good news from the Sunshine Coast. We mentioned earlier a family was trapped in their home by floodwaters at Tanawha. They have now been rescued, and have been taken to dry land on an inflatable raft.
TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Family rescued from flooded home. Inflatable raft making its way to dry land now.
Parts of Murwillumbah, in northern NSW, are now flooded. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for heavy rainfall, destructive winds, abnormally high tides, and damaging surf across the Northern Rivers region, and parts of the parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast districts.
Storm force winds are likely to develop over coastal waters off the southern Queensland coast on Friday. Check
Guests stranded at the Daydream Island resort are expected to be evacuated via ferry to Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie by 2pm local time. Hamilton Island airport is already struggling to accommodate thousands of guests wanting to get off the island, and is warning that not everyone will be able to leave today.
2 vessels evacuating all guests to either Hamilton Island or the Port of Airlie. Should be completed by 2pm today
The heaviest of the rainfall is currently taking place in parts of Wide Bay, near Bundaberg, and areas south of Brisbane, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Gold Coast so far.
Even the cows are seeking higher ground to try to stay out of the rain on the Gold Coast
Energy minister, Mark Bailey, has posted pictures of destroyed electricity towers across north Queensland. Ergon Energy is working to restore power to more than 60,000 homes in the region, but warns it will take time, and priority will be given to critical infrastructure like hospitals, sewage plants, and supermarkets.
10 NQ electricity towers folded like cardboard in Pics just in from chopper doing damage assessments
More images are emerging of the trail of destruction caused by Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday region. Here Helen Muller of Proserpine sits in the ruins of her double garage, which was built by her father.
A rescue operation is under way at Tanawha, on the Sunshine Coast, where two adults and four children are trapped in a flooded home. We’ll bring you more on that as soon as it comes to hand.
TANAWHA (Sunshine Coast): Swiftwater rescuers on scene where 2 adults & 4 kids are trapped in flooded home. Rescue underway.
Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, has spoken about the rescue of dozens of people trapped by floodwaters in towns around Mackay. “I was just briefed some 30 minutes ago that the rescue is completed for both Eton as well as Homebush,” she told the ABC. “We had about 20 to 30 people at Eton and 40 at Homebush.
The Nerang river on the Gold Coast is flooded. The major M1 highway remains flooded at Mudgeeraba. The Gold Coast Bulletin has put .
Nerang River, Sorrento. Gold Coast.
The RACQ has already received 252 insurance claims after Cyclone Debbie. The Insurance Council of Australia declared Debbie a catastrophe on Tuesday. The damage bill is expected to be significant. It was the worst cyclone to hit the region since Yasi in 2011. That cyclone resulted in $1.4bn in insurance claims.
We've had 252 cyclone, flood & storm claims this wk. Visit if you need to to make a claim.
AAP is reporting waits of up to an hour for sandbags at some Brisbane SES depots. The waits are occurring despite thousands being pre-prepared. The city’s lord mayor, Graham Quirk, said the council had arranged for 500 tonnes of sand to be turned into 40,000 sandbags this week and crews are now adding to that at a rate of 4,000 an hour. The lord mayor arrived at Brisbane’s Newmarket SES depot to a line of cars waiting up to an hour for sandbags, as parts of the city experience flash flooding.
Motorists appear to be ignoring the warnings of authorities to stay off the roads. Vision shows cars driving through floodwaters in Milton, on the northern banks of the Brisbane river.
BMW gets stuck in floodwaters in Milton. Video: Lachie Bishop-West. Live coverage on now.
Beck street in Paddington flooded.
The State Emergency Service has received more than 430 calls for help in south-east Queensland, mostly for sandbagging. Police are receiving calls about localised flooding across the city.
Police receiving numerous calls about localised flooding. Remember if it's flooded, FORGET IT. fo
Major flooding is now expected for NSW’s northern rivers, including the Tweed. The Bureau of Meteorology has just updated its flood warning for the region.
Flood Warning updated for the Tweed River. Major flooding expected at Murwillumbah today.
We mentioned earlier that people were trapped by floodwaters at Eton, near Mackay. Emergency services say they have now evacuated more than 80 people from Eton. That includes 12 people who were taken by helicopter to Walkerston, to the north-east.
> 80 evacuations from Eton: 46 moved to higher ground yesterday; 12 choppered to Walkerstone today @ 10am. Stay away from flooded areas.
The Gold Coast is experiencing major flooding. These cars are almost fully submerged outside Robina hospital.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that the worst is yet to come for south-east Queensland. The meteorologist James Taylor said Brisbane was now seeing 35mm to 45mm of rainfall an hour, with some areas experiencing more than 50mm. He said flash flooding was a real concern in the city. Heavy rain overnight meant the run-off from this morning’s rain would be “extremely quick”. The remnants of Cyclone Debbie are still moving towards the state’s south-east and are starting to interact with a cold front moving north.
Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek is flooding. The creek flows from the west into the city, past the Enoggera army base, Ballymore stadium, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital, before joining the Brisbane river.
Breakfast Creek in Newmarket has had enough.
This rainfall map for Brisbane (yes, it’s in there somewhere) gives an idea of just what the city is going through right now.
There’s an update from tourist Hermione Gardiner, who is stuck on Daydream Island. She told my colleague Helen Davidson that the navy had arrived. “Navy is here, getting us off soon. I think we’re being shipped to Airlie Beach but no news what will happen when we get there … roads to Proserpine airport closed,” Gardiner said.
Airlie Beach catering service has opened its door to anyone wanting a free feed. Amazing spirit on display.
Some pretty scary rainfall figures coming out of Brisbane. In Aspley, a suburb in the city’s north, 122mm fell in three hours. In nearby Alderley, 130mm fell over the same time. A severe thunderstorm warning was .
Very dangerous situation unfolding in the region severe warning for heavy
Severe storm warning for HEAVY RAIN. 122mm in 3 hrs at Aspley. 130mm in 3 hrs at Alderley. STAY OFF THE ROADS
Thousands of stranded tourists will be evacuated from Hamilton Island as conditions ease, and Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar resume flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. But Hamilton Island authorities are warning passengers that flights are already near capacity, and that the loss of power and communications is forcing airlines to conduct manual check-ins. That means each check-in will take about 25 minutes. “As such, we are anticipating long waits for guests and apologise in advance for this inconvenience,” the authorities said.
UPDATE (11am QLD time): We thank you for your continued patience please see the latest flight update attached for
Rockhampton regional council has updated its list of road closures. You can .
AAP has compiled this list of closures as a result of the weather in south-east Queensland:
Streets in Brisbane are already flooding. A full list of closures is .
Munro Street at St Lucia opposite flooded
Person looks on as car submerged in flood water. Heroes Avenue, Toowong.
Quick run down to the end of road to check on ... It's raging!
The Gold Coast airport is cancelling all Tigerair flights. Virgin flights are cancelled from midday local time.
⚠️️ All Tigerair services have been cancelled for the remainder of the day. Virgin Australia services have been cancelled from 12pm AEST.
‼Airport Update ‼We are open however we are experiencing some delays due to ☔. Best to check with your airline for latest info!
Roads across a vast region of the state have either been cut off, damaged or flooded. Authorities are continuing to warn motorists to stay off the roads. Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads but it may not be exhaustive. The Marlborough-Sarina Road, which runs south of Mackay, has collapsed in the heavy rains.
Section of Old Maryborough-Sarina Road collapsed after heavy rain. Photos by Theresa Allgood:
Emergency services are reminding parents to keep their kids away from flooded creeks and drains after the closure of all schools between Agnes Water and NSW. The closures include independent and private schools. Businesses have also been urged to close after midday.
With schools closed across Qld, parents keep kids inside & away from flooded creeks/drains:
We mentioned earlier that Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten had visited cyclone-ravaged areas in north Queensland. They’ve declared themselves on a “unity ticket” in support of the region. These photos of their trip along the north Queensland coast have just come in.
An ABC reporter, Megan Hendry, has just tweeted this picture of a snake on the flooded Bruce Highway, at Bajool, south of Rockhampton.
Snakes on a highway. Wildlife escaping the floodwaters across the Bruce at Bajool
Satellite imagery gives a good idea of the tropical low’s movement towards south-east Queensland. The images come from the Himawari series of weather satellites, operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Organisers of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast have suspended competition until further notice because of Queensland’s wild weather. Beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast have been closed.
: All beaches from Mackay to the Gold Coast, including South Bank Lagoon. Stay out of the water!
Hermione Gardiner is on Daydream Island, which has been hit hard by the cyclone. It’s expected evacuations will begin today. Last night Gardiner described the situation. Daydream is pretty ruined, not sure they’ll be having guests here for a while! We are getting very sparse updates so we don’t really know what is going on. Since the cyclone passed drinking water is on rations (one bottle at a time), power is out in most areas of the hotel, as is running water so no toilets showers for the most part.
The first evacuation flights are reportedly leaving Hamilton Island today, and the ADF is also expected to get to Daydream, where hundreds of people are stranded.
HMAS Choules has left Brisbane after loading stores to support communities affected by
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten have arrived in north Queensland to inspect the cyclone-affected area. They’ve said they are on a “unity ticket”. “This is an example of nature flinging her worst at Australians,” Turnbull said.
Authorities are trying to rescue about 50 people trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner, Katarina Carroll, says rescue efforts are under way to reach 11 people near Eton, in the Pioneer Valley, south-west of the city.
It’s “good news” that Queensland has just had a long, hot, dry summer, because the dams are not too full as these floods hit, according to the Queensland minister Mark Bailey. Northpine dam was about 58% capacity, and Wivenhoe at 68%. “This is not comparable to the 2011 situation, let’s be clear about this,” Bailey said.
This is the latest round-up of flood warnings for Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers.
Initial flood warning for the Bremer River and Lockyer, Laidley and Warill creeks
“One of the things that concerns me about this system, is it is very much in the south-east an intensifying system … winds are going to pick up” said Queensland’s police commissioner, Ian Stewart. “This is a very large system and it’s starting to move quite quickly.”
Good morning, this is Helen Davidson here to continue our coverage of the aftermath of cyclone Debbie and the heavy rains and flooding now affecting large parts of Queensland. All schools in south-east Queensland – more than 600 – are closed today as the weather continues to deteriorate in the area.