‘Collision course’: Extreme rain event to soak Southeast QLD

Widespread rain is expected for much of south and southeastern Queensland on Thursday, with totals ranging from 25-100mm. Rain radar in Brisbane Since 9am on Wednesday, the highest rainfall totals have been recorded in the Gold Coast hinterland, with 100mm at Mount Tambourine and 60mm at Mount Tambourine. Upper Springbrook. However, rain is expected to increase today as two tropical air masses “pushed up” by Tropical Cyclone Patty, which formed near Christmas Island but has since weakened, collide. “Widespread rainfall of 25-100mm with greater amounts due to isolated thunderstorms is likely,” said Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jackson Browne. There are flood warnings for many watersheds, some exceeding major flood levels in southern Queensland and NSW. “Dams are full and many catchments have been flooded or saturated, so any further rain and thunderstorms this weekend will lead to a renewed rise in river levels,” said Mr Browne.

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