Authorities are preparing for big downpours in south-east Queensland overnight and into Monday morning. A low pressure system has moved over the coast near Fraser Island and is dumping heavy rainfall between Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast region. Senior Forecaster Gavin Holcombe says as the morning progresses the activity will extend inland to the Great Dividing Range and there is likely to be major flooding in the Sunshine Coast region. "We will see some good falls but over a 24-hour period," he said. "The weather last time was associated with a storm development which occurred over a very short period of time. "We will see falls of in excess of a 150 millimetres on the Sunshine Coast associated with the low pressure system and that rain will continue into tomorrow before starting to contract northwards as the low moves northwards." Other regions which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Gympie, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich. - Yahoo.
Sydney has experienced one of its wettest summers in decades and the rain has continued to fall at the start of autumn, leaving the city's biggest dam Warragamba set to overflow and vast areas of the state drenched. Among the worst affected areas is the town of Goulburn, close to the national capital Canberra, which despite being at risk of having no drinking water just six years ago, is now experiencing flooding. Rains eased overnight but a severe weather warning remains in place for much of the state and the Bureau of Meteorology said heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms could produce more flooding in the next 24 hours. "We have actually been a little bit fortunate overnight in that rain did ease slightly; it's been a welcome relief," State Emergency Service (SES) spokesman Andrew Richards said. "Having said that, we are still on the alert that more rain will fall over the weekend." - Telegraph.WATCH: Deluge in Australia.
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