'Nasty surprise': Brutal weather set to follow devastating storms

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

South East Queensland is set to be hit by more vicious storms after some parts of the state received a months’ worth of rain in just an hour.

Beachmere, near Caboolture, recorded 80mm of rain in an hour on Tuesday, while 70mm bucketed down on The Upper Lockyer, west of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology reported.

Flooded cars are seen on Longlands Street at Woolloongabba in Brisbane.
Flooded cars in Brisbane's suburb of Woolloongabba. Source: AAP

"That's a month's rain in the space of an hour," meteorologist Felim Hanniffy told AAP.

"In some areas of northern Brisbane 50mm fell in 30 minutes."

Queensland SES told The Australian it attended 189 jobs in South East Queensland – 70 of which were in Brisbane.

Most were for sandbags and leaky roofs.

A funnel cloud pictured near Warwick.
A funnel cloud forms near Warwick. Source: Carmel Farrell via ABC

On Twitter, people shared photos of the havoc caused by Mother Nature.

Brisbane’s Vulture Street, which would have been the scene of celebrations during the AFL Grand Final on Saturday night, was covered in water.

Cars parked at nearby Stones Corner were also covered in water with the RACQ sharing images.

“Nasty surprise for those who parked their cars at Stones Corner bus station with water coming close to doors after storm water way burst its banks,” RACQ tweeted.

A funnel cloud was also spotted over Warwick southwest of Brisbane.

Cars parked in flood waters in Stones Corner bus station in Brisbane.
Cars in flooded waters after a burst storm drain in Stones Corner. Source: RACQ

The storms largely dissipated by the evening after moving out to sea but more thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday.

BoM meteorologist Rosa Hoff told Yahoo News Australia there’s a likelihood South East Queensland will be hit with more severe thunderstorms due to “very similar atmospheric conditions” to Tuesday.

“We could potentially see more heavy rainfall and flash flooding depending on where it falls,” Ms Hoff said.

A weather map showing storms hitting South East Queensland on Wednesday afternoon.
A BoM weather map shows the wild weather forecast along the east coast between Rockhampton to the Queensland-NSW border on Wednesday afternoon. Source: Bureau of Meteorology
A man walks through rain in Brisbane's CBD.
A man braves the wild weather in Brisbane's CBD. Source: Nine News

She added the storms are being caused by a low pressure trough.

Areas impacted include as far west as Dalby, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane metropolitan areas.

The Gold Coast and as far north as Yeppoon, north of Rockhampton, could also feel the brunt of the storms.

A woman walks through Brisbane's rain with an umbrella.
The wet weather is expected to continue. Source: 7News/ Sunrise

with AAP

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