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Heavy rain and gusty winds in southeast Qld to ease, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie moves out to sea


Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie has tracked slowly over the central interior toward the southeast today, and will move out to sea overnight.

Queensland Regional Director Bruce Gunn said the low is not expected to redevelop over the ocean, and poses no threat to the mainland.

"The system has continued to generate areas of heavy rainfall, with widespread falls in the range of 150-250mm contracting to the southeast during the day.

"The heavy rainfall affecting the southeast is expected to ease overnight, clearing the coast by morning, but flooding can be expected for several days as the rainfall makes its way through rivers and streams," he said.

Damaging to destructive winds with gusts of 90km/h will continue into Friday morning, with destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h possible along the coastal fringe and exposed islands.

A Severe Weather Warning is also current for dangerous surf conditions about the Queensland coast south of Sandy Cape including Fraser, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands and the Gold Coast. Abnormally high tides are expected on the Gold Coast during Friday.

A Flood Watch is current for the Condamine-Balonne, Moonie, Weir, Macintyre, Mary, Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolah, Pine, Caboolture, Brisbane, Logan, Albert, Nerang and Coomera Rivers.

Separate flood warnings are now in force for many of the catchments that were previously covered by the Flood Watch. See for the latest advice.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the NSW State Emergency Service are urging the public to:

  • Stay tuned for the latest official forecasts and warnings from the Bureau, and follow the advice of local emergency services. Avoid travel, if possible. Remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.

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This Severe Weather Update provides information on the dangerous conditions about Queensland and New South Wales today. Video is current at 11:30 am AEST, Thursday 30 March 2017.