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WATCH: AUSTRALIA: On HIGH ALERT as #QLD Prepares for More Heavy Rain & Storms

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AUSTRALIA: WEATHER WARNING: Of 750mm of ‘ Rain Forecast ‘ in Eastern Region

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#AceWeatherDesk – Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville forecast: 750mm of rain could fall in FNQ

A huge weather system passed over Sydney last night. Picture: BOM
A huge weather system passed over Sydney last night. Picture: BOM

There are fresh warnings today that 750mm of rain could fall in parts of eastern Australia in the coming days, as a deepening trough approaches the coast.

A forecaster has said the coming level of rain is “dangerous” and could lead to serious flooding before the week is out.

Further south, while the rain won’t be as monstrous, it will still hang around, leading to a soggy week for some. 

Overnight, a huge wall of rain engulfed Sydney with lightning and heavy winds battering the city.

Radar images showed a 230km-long band of rain sweeping over Sydney at about 11pm, with 100km/h winds recorded in Goulburn and Jervis Bay.

The weather system – which stretched from Gosford south to Ulladulla – is just the first of many due to hit the east coast in the next week, with rain forecast from Thursday through to next Tuesday.

Lightning strikes hit Sydney on Tuesday night. Picture: Nine
Lightning strikes hit Sydney on Tuesday night. Picture: Nine

Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said much of the NSW coastline would be affected.

“There are more showers developing across the eastern seaboard from Thursday. They will persist right the way through to the end of this coming week,” she said.

“The falls are not expected to be heavy, but they will be frequent so keep an umbrella handy, particularly if you’re in Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour or even up towards the Gold Coast.”

Sydney should see a break from the rain on Wednesday with a high of 24C. Rain returns on Thursday and the showers get heavier on Friday with up to 15mm in the gauge and the mercury dipping down to a high of 21C and a low of 16C.

Rain totals of anything up to 10mm can then be expected every day into next week. 

Brisbane will also see some rain on Thursday and into the weekend but the falls will be modest. Wednesday will be warm and bright with a high of 31C. Over the weekend those highs will dip into the mid-twenties with mid-teen minimums.

The Far North Queensland coast could see as much as 750mm in places in the coming days. Picture: Sky News Weather
The Far North Queensland coast could see as much as 750mm in places in the coming days. Picture: Sky News Weather

Up to 750mm of rain in FNQ

However, it’s further north in Queensland where the real weather drama will play out – including those huge potential rain totals. 

The severe rainfall is expected to start on Thursday and then continue into Friday and Saturday.

“A deepening trough in the Coral Sea will focus rain about Far North Queensland,” Ms Osborne said. 

“That constant supply of heavy rain may lead to quite dangerous flooding, particularly during the end of this coming week.”

Over the next eight days – but particularly from Thursday and over the weekend – totals of 400mm between Townsville and Cooktown, including Cairns, are very possible. 

“However, we do have indications we could see as much as 750mm in these areas,” Ms Osborne said.

All that rain is then likely to track inland setting up a major rain event for the interior of Australia for next week. 

A major rain event is brewing for inland Australia early next week. Picture: Sky News Weather
A major rain event is brewing for inland Australia early next week. Picture: Sky News Weather

Sunnier in the south and west, snow for Tassie

It should be warm and sunny in Darwin for the next seven days with highs reaching 36C. Warm in Perth as well with 3pm maximums of 29C over the coming days and 15C at 3am.

A shower or two for Adelaide on Wednesday, topping out at 21C. Then mostly dry for the end of the week and weekend, and warming up on Sunday to a high of 26C. 

Melbourne is due some rain in the coming days but just a few spots and then it should be gone for the weekend. Maximums of 17-19C but chillier at night dipping to 9C on the weekend. 

But it won’t be as chilly as Tasmania, however, where temperatures could sink below freezing on higher ground causing the snow line to drop to just below 900m. 

That could mean flurries on Hobart’s kunanyi/Mount Wellington on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Hobart itself will see some light rain for the next couple of days but then it should move on. A high of 17C on Wednesday will head down to just 14C on Thursday but back into the high teens by Friday and then much the same for the weekend. Lows in the Tasmanian capital will sit at 7-8C. 

Mostly dry in Canberra with maximums in the high teens and lows down to just 5C on Thursday. 

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BREAKING: WEATHER: ALERT: NSW Flood Evacuation Ordered Across Sydney & Coast

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Sydney and large swathes of NSW’s coast have endured another day of downpours.Evacuation orders have been issued, and the Harbour City passed its annual average rainfall total less than four months into the year.

Live updates

Where to find emergency assistance and information

  • For emergency assistance, contact NSW SES on 132 500.
  • If your life is at risk, call triple-0 (000) immediately.
  • For the latest weather updates visit the Bureau of Meteorology in NSW here
  • Roads and bridges may be impacted by flash flooding.
  • If you’re not sure what to do when there’s a flood, here’s the best way to plan

Closing the blog

That’s where I’m going to leave things this evening, thankyou for following along.

To all those who have have had to evacuate or are preparing to do so, stay safe tonight and do not drive through floodwaters.

Please head over to our main news story for all further updates through the night.

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Here’s the latest information:

  • Evacuation orders remain in place for many parts of Camden, Chipping Norton, Woronora and Bonnet Bay
  • Evacuation warnings are in place for Wallacia and Picton
  • The coastal trough is forecast to weaken overnight
  • Intense rainfall rates are no longer expected around the Illawarra coastal areas
  • The Woronora River is likely to remain below the minor flood level
  • However major flooding is still expected along the Nepean at Wallacia and Camden as well as in North Richmond on the Hawkesbury
  • Major flooding is occurring at Menangle and is expected to exceed the March 2022 and 1988 floods

Evacuation warning for Wallacia 

Another ‘prepare to evacuate’ notice has just come in for parts of Wallacia, which is just near Warragamba Dam.

Residents and businesses in the following areas should get ready to evacuate in the next few hours:

  • All properties along Bents Basin Road – Beres Creek, Scotchys Creek and Baines Creek
  • All properties between Silverdale Rd (from Blaxlands Crossing bridge to the beginning of the steep rise of the road) and the Nepean River.

The SES says people should move personal possessions to higher places and prepare to take drinking water and food with them.

People cut off from saving pets

In Chipping Norton, in south-west Sydney, many people are stranded on the side of Newbridge Road unable to get home.

Although people were told to evacuate by 3pm, floodwaters cut off access to some properties by 1pm and many people who were at work ran out of time to get home.

Muriel Enright is worried about her pets stuck at home and exhausted by the constant flooding in the area.

“We’ve lived here since 1980 … it’s supposedly a one in 50 year flood area but now it’s once a month,” she said.Muriel Enright says she is stressed about how high the water will rise at her house.

Meanwhile Marilyn says she has no choice but to wait on the side of the road.

“I was hoping to walk over the bridge so my husband could pick me up,” she said.

“Last time I was just able to walk over …. it’s terrible but what can you do?” Marilyn must wait for floodwaters to recede so she can meet her husband.

Man saved from Kangaroo Valley

Supplied: NSW RFS

The NSW Rural Fire Service has rescued a man who became trapped in floodwaters in the Kangaroo Valley this afternoon.

Photos shared by the RFS show the man’s car stuck in water rapids.

A helicopter was used to winch the man to safety.

Camden looking a lot like it did a month ago….

Enzo’s Cucina restaurant is flooded once again.

Roads cut in Chipping Norton

ABC News: Mark Reddie

Floodwaters have cut off Newbridge Road at Chipping Norton in Sydney’s south west.

SES crews are turning around cars heading towards Bankstown, while only trucks have been allowed through.

It’s traffic gridlock on Newbridge Road, with one car now stuck on the medium strip after trying to turn around.

An industrial state on Riverside Road has cleared out as the Georges River continues to rise.

Many homes on Davy Robinson Drive are now isolated, while some residents have been unable to return to their properties after leaving work early.

Reporting by Mark Reddie

SES checks car trapped in floodwaters

Aerial vision has just come in showing a SES volunteer checking a flooded car for any occupants in Austral, south west Sydney.

The SES member wades through waters to get to the car.

The surrounding area is inundated by floodwaters.

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The SES recently said they would look into reports some people were finding it hard to access sandbags through their local council.

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Parts of Camden must evacuate

The SES has ordered residents and businesses within the following parts of Camden to evacuate by 6pm:

  • Exeter Street west of John Street
  • Milford Road Camden West
  • Peter Avenue between Onslow Avenue and Belgenny Avenue
  • Cawder Road between Barsden Street and Murray Street
  • Sheathers Lane
  • Kirkham Lane
  • Menangle Road near Racecourse Road
  • Poplar Caravan Park
  • Argyle Street
  • Lerida Street
  • Elizabeth Street
  • Ulmarra Avenue East of Myuna Place
  • Mitchell Street
  • Edward Street

Once floodwater reaches 11.2 metres at the Camden Weir the area will be isolated and you may become trapped without power or water.

An evacuation centre has been established at Narellan Family and Community Centre on Queen St, Narellan.

The SES advises people to take drinking water and food with them due to possible long travel times.

Here’s what’s happening out there now

Scenes from Camden. Facebook: Graeme Fickel

This is the third time in just over a month that the Menangle Bridge has flooded. Supplied: MyNewCamden

Roads are underwater in parts of Wollongong. Supplied: SES

Flooding in Austral, in Sydney’s south west.

How to plan and prepare for a flood

As the SES said earlier, making preparations before waters actually rise is imperative to avoid getting trapped.

This guide by ABC Emergency has many helpful tips which you may not know.

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Flood evacuations made harder by COVID diagnosis

Diane Hoggins (in the purple shirt) has decided not to evacuate. ABC News: Jake Lapham

On top of stressing about the flooding, Woronora resident Diane Hoggins is trying to look after her daughter who has tested positive to COVID-19.

Ms Hoggins and her daughter are subject to an evacuation order and feeling a “little but nervous” ahead of high tide this afternoon.

“We’ve been here for 26 years and this is the highest I’ve ever seen it,” she said.

“I don’t want to get wet in my bed in the middle of the night.”

While Ms Hoggins has opted to stay, despite the evacuation order, NSW Health has organised accommodation for her daughter.

Meanwhile Jake Polo is evacuating from his Woronora home along with his mum and brother. 

“We have to move out because it’s flooding a bit and there’s no point staying there if we can’t get out,” he said.

“We might move to our cousins house because we have stuff to do on the weekend.”Jake Polo stands with some of his family’s belongings as they prepare to evacuate. ABC News: Jake Lapham

Evacuation order for Chipping Norton

The SES has just issued an evacuation order for parts of Chipping Norton, in south-west Sydney.

Residents and businesses must be out of the area by 3pm as once floodwaters reach 2.4 metres at Milperra, the area will be isolated.

This order applies to all properties in the following streets:

  • Newbridge Road between Riverside Road and east to Georges River
  • Davy Robinson Drive
  • Rickard Road
  • Arthur Street

To evacuate safely, proceed to Arthur Street from Rickard Road, and then on to Riverside Rd and then Alfred Road.

An evacuation centre is being set up at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool.

The BOM says La Nina will continue throughout April….

Almost 700 calls for help

Acting Commissioner Daniel Austin from SES says sharp, short busts of rain mean people are being “caught out” without warning.

Over the last 24 hours the SES has responded to more than 680 calls for assistance and conducted 25 flood rescues.

Acting Commissioner Austin urged people to limit all non-essential travel and re-think movements over the school holidays.

Despite the quickly evolving situation, he says there are fewer calls for help than the SES expected as people have made big efforts to prepare their properties.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank many members of the community for being so proactive over the last 24 hours. They have clearly listened to the warnings that have been put out and we have seen significant demand for sand bags across many parts of the warning area.”

Key updates from the press conference

  • The BOM says heavy rainfall will not ease until this evening and moderate rain will continue over the weekend.
     
  • Major flooding is occurring at Menangle and the Upper Nepean will reach a major flood peak this evening. The peak will be higher than the March 2021 and March 2022 flood levels. It will be closer to the April 1988 flood level.
     
  • In Wallacia, major flooding is expected tonight and into tomorrow. It will be higher than the March 2022 event and closer to the April 1998 level.
     
  • In Camden, major flooding is also expected to be higher than what was experienced last month.
     
  • Flood levels in North Richmond are expected to be lower than last month’s heights.
     
  • There’s potential for major flooding along the Georges River at Liverpool and Milperra this afternoon
     
  • ​There are also flood warnings for the Hawkesbury, Colo and Cooks Rivers

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BREAKING: AUSTRALIA: Flash Flooding Warning Gold Coast on Monday & Tuesday

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#AceWeatherDesk says flash -flooding warning for Gold Coast as BOM forecasts 170mm Monday, up to 100mm Tuesday over Queensland and more + I urge you to tune in: Wild Weather airs tonight at 8:30 on ABC TV and ABC iview.You can also catch up later on ABC iview or our website.

The Bureau of Meteorology says flash flooding is possible across the Gold Coast, with up to 170 millimetres of rain forecast today, and a further 100mm possible on Tuesday.

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BOM atmospheric scientist Brooke Pagel said a severe weather warning was current for south-east Queensland, including the Gold Coast, with areas from the hinterland right to the border expected to be impacted.

Heavy rain pouring down over Surfers Paraidse high rises
Heavy rain is bucketing down across the Gold Coast.(ABC Gold Coast, Tara Cassidy)none

“There are a couple of flood warnings out, the Gold Coast just has the initial flood watch, so basically, it’s not quite a warning yet, but we’re keeping an eye on the modelling and basically the river levels for that one,” Ms Pagel said.

“So minor flooding is likely, there may be some isolated moderate flooding possible across the region.”

She said the areas impacted would depend on where the heavy rainfall occurred and the bureau would be monitoing the situation over the next 12-24 hours.

“It’s the coastal regions mainly being impacted, all of the Gold Coast into the hinterland, they tend to get a lot more rainfall up there.”

Ms Pagel said hundreds of millimetres were forecast from now until Wednesday.

“For today we are looking at 60 to 170 millimetres,” she said.

“Then tomorrow will potentially be 40 to 100 millimetres, and that’s basically across the whole Gold Coast.”

A severe weather system moves across south-east Queensland.
A severe weather system moves across south-east Queensland.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)none

A hazardous surf warning has also been put in place for the Gold Coast for Monday and Tuesday.

“There’s a significant easterly swell that’s looking to be about 2.5 to 3.1 metres, potentially developing along that south-east coast.

“That’s basically due to a developing low in the southern Coral Sea, so that warning is valid for tomorrow and Wednesday.”

Ms Pagel said the Gold Coast was urged to be on alert, with surfaces more saturated than usual due to recent wet weather.

“So the severity of those storms is actually the heavy rainfall that we’re warning about because it can lead to flash flooding and renewed river level rises, especially because it’s been so wet lately,” she said.

“Most of the catchments across the south-east are quite saturated, so basically the water doesn’t absorb into the ground,” she said.

“So it just sits right on top and there are a lot of areas I know in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast where there are lots of little creeks and bridges that are really prone to flash flooding.

“So we’re just letting everybody know, if you’re near any creeks or rivers in low-lying areas that are prone to flood waters, be aware.”

She advised Gold Coast residents to check for updated warnings and to stay off the roads if they could.

The Gold Coast City Council has also asked residents to remain vigilant and continue checking for updates.  

“Everyone in the Gold Coast region is urged to keep up-to-date with latest weather warnings and flood alerts from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

“With intense rainfall expected this afternoon , Monday 28 March there is potential for flash flooding.

“Stay up-to-date – visit dashboard.cityofgoldcoast.com.au, tune into local media, or visit City of Gold Coast social channels.”

ABC: Hi, I’m Sally Neighbour.

“Stay up-to-date – visit dashboard.cityofgoldcoast.com.au, tune into local media, or visit City of Gold Coast social channels.”

This morning we have woken to news of even more severe weather warnings for northern New South Wales – a region still grappling with the utter devastation caused by flooding just weeks ago.

These floods, and our 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, have rammed home the terrible cost of extreme weather and its aftermath.

But Australia is not the only nation experiencing wild, dangerous, and unprecedented weather.

In Germany last year, hundreds of people were killed in floods when record rainfall saw rivers bursting their banks, washing away buildings that had stood since medieval times.  

Soaring temperatures in the northern summer smashed Canada’s records and ferocious wildfires burned a town to the ground.

The pattern has been repeated around the globe.

Tonight, we bring you a timely and sobering report from the BBC’s Panorama program that charts increasing extreme weather ‘events’ around the world.

Climate scientists warn that these are not random acts of bad luck but a symptom of our changing climate.

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AUSTRALIA: QLD Flood Crisis: A Breakdown of How South-East Has Been Affected

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#AceWeatherDesk – The 2022 Queensland floods brought intense rainfall, which quickly broke riverbanks, swamped roads and claimed many lives and livelihoods within a matter of days.

A house sits in high flood waters.
Hundreds of homes across the state’s south-east have been damaged.(ABC News: Chris Gillette)none

Three weeks on, the extent of the damage has become clearer.

To understand how wide and vast the recent flooding was, here is a breakdown to show how the “rain bomb” devastated the state’s south-east corner.

Monthly rain totals

Firstly let’s look to the skies. February’s rainfall totals were simply record-breaking.

A staggering 887 millimetres fell in February – that’s more than double the nearest monthly high of 366 millimetres in 2020.

In three days alone, Brisbane received 80 per cent of its annual rainfall, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on March 1.

She described the rain event as “bigger than 1974”, with more than 30 suburbs across the south-east corner receiving more than a metre of rain.

Dam capacity

It’s no surprise then that water levels were almost at dam-busting proportions.

Inflows into Wivenhoe Dam shot up faster than they did in 2011.

In just three days this year the Wivenhoe Dam capacity rose from 58.7 per cent on February 24 to 183.9 per cent by February 27.

That’s a 125.2 per cent increase in dam capacity in three days and just shy of the 190.3 per cent total reached in the 2011 flood.

But Wivenhoe “performed exactly how it was designed to operate” as it “held back four Sydney Harbours worth of water” during the extreme weather event, Seqwater said in a statement.

That’s equivalent to more than 2.2 million megalitres of water.

The damage bill

The estimated damage bill has been put at more than $2.22 billion with 147,993 insurance claims so far across Queensland and New South Wales.

Queensland has requested almost twice as many claims as New South Wales – despite places like Lismore also experiencing record-breaking flooding.

But this is not the final bill, as the numbers are expected to continue rise as residents with urgent claims are being prioritised by assessors, Insurance Council of Australia said in a statement.

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BREAKING: AUSTRALIA: BOM Warns of La Nina Continuing Not Disappearing Soon

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#AceWeatherDesk The La Nina climate driver, that has delivered Australia’s deadly floods, should right now be on the way out. But new data has revealed it has no plan to retreat any time soon according to News Media AU By

Meteorologists have warned that far from La Nina petering out, the weather event has “stalled” and conditions for it are likely to “persist” for many more weeks.

That could mean more rain, cyclones and dangerous flooding as moisture is pushed towards Australia’s east and north coasts.

At least 23 people have died in Australia due to the recent flooding brought about by the extraordinary weather conditions. 

A man perished in flood water in Broken Hill this week as the NSW outback town recorded its highest rainfall since records began in 1884 with 129mm coming down in 24 hours on Tuesday. 

BOM says the La Nina phenomenon has stalled.
BOM says the La Nina phenomenon has stalled.

Sydney has sweated through its most humid summer for a decade and wettest such season in 30 years. In late February, Brisbane set a new three day record for rainfall levels. 

Five people have died in and around northern NSW following floods centred on Lismore. 

Much of the misery is down to La Nina. 

Both it and its counterpart El Nino are two extremes of a major climate driver known by its full name of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation.

During a La Nina event trade winds ramp up dragging cooler waters from the depths of the ocean to the surface in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.

These winds, travelling from east to west, in turn push warmer seas closer to Australia. That helps in cloud formation which brings more rainfall. La Ninas often coincide with more tropical cyclones.

Water temperature graphs from the Pacific Ocean show La Nina has stopped weakening

During La Nina years, the climate driver typically forms in late spring or early summer and subsides during autumn. 

However, the current La Nina seems unwilling to do the decent thing and move on. 

In a climate update released this week the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the while the current La Nina would eventually weaken and dissipate, it’s “retreat had stalled”.

“The 2021–22 La Niña event continues but is past its peak,” the Bureau stated. 

“However, trade winds remain stronger than average in the western Pacific, which has delayed further weakening of the La Niña over the past fortnight.

“Persistently strong trade winds over the past fortnight have driven a cooling to La Niña levels of the central tropical Pacific,” said the BOM.

“This has also cooled water beneath the surface, pausing the warming trend seen during January and February. 

“Warming below the surface of the Pacific Ocean typically foreshadows a breakdown in La Niña, and usually occurs in the southern hemisphere autumn.”

La Nina’s stubbornness doesn’t just mean the moisture it brings could linger for longer. It could also mean the effects of another climate driver will be exacerbated. 

The Madden-Julien Oscillation (MJO) is strengthening over the Indian Ocean and heading into waters north of Australia. 

The MJO is a continuously circulating pulse of wind and cloud that moves through tropical areas of the globe. With the wet season in full swing and La Nina continuing, the MJO can add even more rain into the mix – particularly for northern Australia. 

“Most climate models suggest the MJO is likely to move to Australia’s north, in the coming week,” said the BOM. 

“The risk of tropical cyclone development is also expected to be elevated across parts of northern Australia and the tropical south Indian Ocean in the coming fortnight.”

In its April to June climate outlook, released earlier this month, the BOM forecast above average rainfall for most of northern and eastern Australia. 

It said there was “an increased chance of unusually high rainfall (in the top 20 per cent of historical records) for April to June across the northern half of the NT, northern and western Queensland and small areas of western and coastal NSW”.

Other areas should have average rainfall aside from parts of Tasmania and south west Western Australia which could below average precipitation.

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AUSTRALIA: PM Morrison to Declare a ‘National Emergency’ Over Flood Disaster ™

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#AceWeatherDesk says according to local media PM Scott Morrison says he will declare a national emergency over flooding in two states: The disaster in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland has killed 20 people and inundated thousands of homes in the past two weeks, after record rains.

Watch footage of New South Wales floods in the past two weeks

Federal and state governments have faced anger for not acting faster to help residents.

Mr Morrison’s declaration – a national first – will allow federal authorities to intervene more directly.

He made the announcement on Wednesday in the town of Lismore, saying it had endured a “once in a 500-year event”. Four people died in flooding there last week.

“What has been seen here is nothing more than heart-breaking. You have to see it, you have to smell it, you have to feel it,” he said.

The national emergency powers were established after Australia’s 2019-20 bushfires and aim to “cut through any red tape” to deliver services and support, the prime minister said.

He said flood-hit locals and businesses would be able to access additional relief payments. Australian Defence Force soldiers can also be more widely deployed to mop up towns.

But Mr Morrison faced a hostile welcome from some locals and climate campaigners. 

EPA: Scott Morrison was met by protesters on his visit to Lismore

In some communities, rescue efforts have largely relied on volunteers rather than authorities, and many people have been forced to live in temporary accommodation or cars. 

“We were stranded on a roof for 16 hours in the rain with a two-year-old child and seven adults. Emergency services were so overwhelmed we just couldn’t get through,” one local, Stacey Gordon, told the ABC last week.

While waters have receded in some areas, there are still major flood alerts for places north of Sydney. The city experienced widespread flash-flooding on Tuesday.

To become official, the national emergency needs to be signed off by state premiers and the country’s governor general, which Mr Morrison said should happen by Friday.

EPA: Clearing debris from Lismore will take weeks, the prime minister said

Experts say the flooding emergency has been worsened by climate change and a La Niña weather phenomenon. 

A La Niña develops when strong winds blow the warm surface waters of the Pacific away from South America and towards Indonesia. In their place, colder waters come up to the surface. In Australia, a La Niña increases the likelihood of rain, cyclones and cooler daytime temperatures.

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AUSTRALIA: Queensland Hit By Severe Storms & Flooding In The Southeast

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Storms bringing lightning and torrential rain have hit parts of south-east Queensland already devastated by flooding.

The warning of more severe weather prompted evacuations and the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to ask parents in the northern part of Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Bundaberg regions to pick up their children from school.

Some schools in Brisbane also contacted parents, asking them to pick up their children.

Ms Palaszczuk said conditions could be volatile across the state’s south-east corner for the next 24 to 48 hours.

“I’m asking people tomorrow to think about not being on the roads and staying at home,” she said.

However, late this afternoon the Bureau of Meteorology said a stable air mass over South-east Queensland, near the surface, meant severe storms were still possible but less likely tomorrow.

Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner today deemed the recent flooding disaster bigger “in many ways” and more widespread than 2011, with some affected suburbs flooding again this morning.

The Mud Army 2.0 was cancelled until at least mid-Saturday, upon the Premier’s advice.

BOM forecaster Laura Boekel said the possible storms were different to what was seen earlier in the week.

“This isn’t a widespread-area rain, it’s severe thunderstorms, and with severe thunderstorms comes severe hazards and phenomena,” she said.

“That doesn’t just include the heavy rain, it includes the giant potential for giant hail, as well as damaging winds.

Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Chelepy warned anyone who has been flooded in the past few days that they could flood again if there are heavy falls.

“I cannot stress enough please, please over the next 48 hours please do not move back into your homes if you have been inundated,” he said.

Grantham evacuated, Logan River rises again

Meteorologist Kimba Wong said a major storm worked its way to Brisbane via Ipswich from the Lockyer Valley early this morning, bringing heavy rains to the region.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy said residents in the town of Grantham were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

“We’ve experienced over 80 millimetres of rainwater in the Grantham catchment this morning. As a result of that, we are taking a precautionary measure to sound the evacuation siren,” Mr Chelepy said.

Road closed in Grantham after fresh warnings issued for flooding
Roads are closed in Grantham after fresh flood warnings were issued.(ABC News: Lucy Robinson)

Mr Chelepy warned many homes previously flooded could do so again.

Overnight, Brisbane saw 48mm of rainfall in just 30 minutes and Maroochydore recorded 52mm in the same time frame.

“Just after midnight we saw hail of 5-6 centimetres around Inglewood, so that’s incredibly large hail and can do a lot of damage,” Ms Boekel said.

“We’ve also got damaging winds so 93 kilometres [per hour] reported at Dalby Airport and we’ve had reports of trees down across that area.”

A different storm cell brought 56mm of rainfall to Redcliffe, north of Brisbane.

Trees down in Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast after a morning storm
This morning’s severe thunderstorms brought lighting and heavy downpours across an already sodden, flood-affected landscape.(Supplied: Cade Mooney)

The Sunshine Coast was also hit hard.

Ms Wong said Maroochydore has received 76mm in the past 24 hours.

“Up on the Sunshine Coast we’ve had some heavy rainfall totals coming through with a couple of rounds of storms, mostly south of Maroochydore down towards Caloundra,” she said.

tree over car.
Severe thunderstorms have brought damage and fallen trees to flood-ravaged parts of south-east Queensland.(Supplied: Scott Daly)

Some Sunshine Coast roads were closed due to downed trees, and traffic lights were affected.

While the BOM did not record overwhelmingly strong winds in the region, Ms Wong said trees that were sodden from days of heavy rainfall and floodwaters were prone to falling more easily.

“Trees are probably more likely to topple over a little bit easier than they would have otherwise. So might not take such strong winds to bring them down,” she said.

A man with a saw walking towards a big tree down on a roadside in Buderim after morning storm
Trees were down and traffic lights were out at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast after this morning’s severe thunderstorm.(ABC News: Owen Jacques)

Flooding ‘massively more widespread’ than 2011

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said every single suburb of the city was affected by flooding, unlike the 2011 flood when it was mostly riverfront suburbs that were hit.

“The difference between this disaster and the 2011 one is very stark, and it’s just all of that creek flooding as well as that river flooding,” Mr Schrinner told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“The scale is bigger in many ways than in 2011.

“The river may not have come up as high, but the destruction is more widespread – massively more widespread.”

The Lord Mayor said every suburb in Brisbane was impacted by the recent weather event, whether by river flooding or creek flooding.

Seqwater said there were reduced outflows from Wivenhoe Dam given the forecast for the possibility of more rain.

Almost 1 million megalitres of water has been moved out of the dam already with “steady controlled flows”, but 30 per cent of the flood compartment still needs to be emptied.

On the northside, creeks including Enoggera Creek and Kedron Brook suffered severe damage and erosion, with Kedron Brook bikeway completely washed away through Grange and Stafford.

On the southside, Oxley Creek and Norman Creek also rose quickly and caused immense damage.

“There’s 190 suburbs in Brisbane and every single one of them was impacted,” Mr Schrinner said.

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AUSTRALIA: Brisbane River Peaks As Queensland Reels From Weather Emergency

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#AceWeatherDesk says parts of the Brisbane CBD have been evacuated over fears a large crane could sail down the river and cause “significant damage”, while authorities brace for another “major” flood of the Brisbane River: LIVE UPDATES: Read ABC News blog for the latest weather news in south-east Queensland.

Two people stand in front of a flooded road in Herston, with two cars partially submerged.
Several Brisbane suburbs, including Herston, have also been inundated.(Supplied: Andrew Simonsen.)

Thousands of homes in south-east Queensland have been flooded and 43,000 are without power after days of heavy rainfall caused significant flooding across the area: Eight people have died.

In the state’s capital, the Brisbane River peaked at 3.85 metres about 8:30am and 3.41 metres at 9pm.

The Brisbane River’s peak during the 2011 floods was 4.46m, but anything 3.5m and above is considered a major flood.

“It’s easy to think we’re out of the woods but there are still flood peaks to come,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“We will also have additional peaks tomorrow and every high tide will coincide with those peaks.”

A 400-tonne barge with a 150-tonne crane on top was also at risk of coming completely loose at inner-city suburb Kangaroo Point and sailing down the Brisbane River toward Howard Smith Wharves in the CBD, authorities said.

The pontoon is still tethered within the fast-moving current but is at risk of coming loose and causing “significant damage”.

“It’s still tethered at the moment … but it has some integrity issues along with its tethering and we are concerned that those tethers may break,” Police Minister Mark Ryan said.

Howard Smith Wharves has been evacuated and police are keeping crowds out of parts of Captain Burke Park under the Story Bridge, and from along the riverside at Eagle Street Pier.

The heavy rain responsible for the weekend’s record-breaking inundation slowly moved south today, and record flood levels have been recorded in parts of northern New South Wales.

Rainbow over Story Bridge.
Huge rainbow over Story Bridge after south-east Queensland floods.(ABC News: Matt Wordsworth)

Eight dead, rescue operations taking place

Authorities still hold fears for several missing people, including a person who drove into floodwater at Yatala south of Brisbane and a person missing near Esk, west of Brisbane.

A small brown sedan sits on the side of the road, as emergency workers and other people with umbrellas look around the scene.
The body of a man believed to be in his 50s was found in a car in the Currumbin Valley.(ABC News: Steve Keen)

Late on Monday morning a man was found dead in floodwaters on the Gold Coast, taking the death toll during south-east Queensland’s weather emergency to eight.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, died after his car was washed away in the Currumbin Valley in the early hours of this morning, Queensland Police said.

Police received reports of a car in trouble about 3am local time but could not find the vehicle. The vehicle was believed to have been driven 30 to 40 metres into floodwaters.

Later in the morning, at about 10:45am, Surf Life Saving Queensland found the vehicle, with the man and a dog inside.

On Sunday night a man died after being swept away while trying to cross Cabbage Tree Creek Road at Fitzgibbon on Brisbane’s north side.

Two members of the public saw the 59-year-old and tried to rescue him, conducting CPR once he was out of the water.

Paramedics also responded but the man died at the scene, according to police.

As of Monday afternoon, a search was still underway for a man who fell into the Brisbane River a few days ago.

However, a person who was reported missing after trying to retrieve animals at Goodna in Ipswich was located safe and well, Queensland Police said.

Most south-east Queensland schools to stay closed

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‘Not like the 2011 floods’: Queensland Premier moves to reassure public despite ‘significant’ flood

More than 1,000 schools across south-east Queensland were closed today, and most will remain closed tomorrow too.

An update from the Queensland Department of Education said all state schools in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Somerset, Gold Coast, Logan, Redland City, Scenic Rim, Gympie, and Cherbough Aboriginal Shire Council areas will remain closed tomorrow.

Some schools in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Lockyer Valley local government areas will begin to reopen tomorrow.

The wild weather has already left widespread damage and flooding in its wake and will continue to affect thousands of residents for days.

A post box sticks out above floodwaters on a shopping strip.
Flooding at Rosalie Village in Brisbane’s inner-west. February 27, 2022.(ABC News: Antonia O’Flaherty)

More than 48,000 households across south-east Queensland were still without power.

Energex warned the majority of customers could be waiting days for their power to be restored, especially those in badly affected parts of Gympie, Brisbane and the Lockyer Valley.

“It could be later in the week, if not early next week,” Energex spokesperson Danny Donald said.

Flooding on a narrow street with a sign above it saying Fish Lane
Fish Lane at South Brisbane was flooded.(ABC News: Brian Hurst)

Brisbane councillor Kara Cook said it had been a “big few days” in the riverside suburbs of Bulimba, Hawthorne, Morningside, East Brisbane and Norman Park but the rain finally stopping had made a “huge difference”.

“There are powerlines down in Hawthorne and almost that entire suburb is still without power and has been since Saturday,” Ms Cook told ABC Radio Queensland.

On Monday morning Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk up to 18,000 homes across the region had been flooded.

“In Gympie, we have about 3,600 homes that have been impacted. In Brisbane we’re estimating there could be up to 15,000 houses that are impacted,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

More than 1,544 people were in evacuation centres across the south-east on Monday morning, and councils were opening more centres.

Two women walk next to a house partially submerged in floodwaters.
More than 1,400 Brisbane homes in riverside areas such as Rocklea are believed to have been flooded.(AAP: Jason O’Brien)

Emergency services also received thousands of requests for assistance, and conducted hundreds of water rescues around the Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Beenleigh areas.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Greg Leach said last night was the busiest night for emergency crews during the entire severe weather event.

Historic flooding in Maryborough, while Logan and Beaudesert under watch

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Gympie inundated with floodwater.(Bernie Thomas)

A major and historic flood hit Maryborough, about 220 kilometres north of Brisbane, where the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the Mary River may reach up to the 10.7-metre peak height observed during TC Oswald in 2013.

It is likely to stay above major flood level into Tuesday.

Water surrounding a male WWI statue and boats filled with flowers in a park
Flooding in Queens Park, Maryborough.(ABC News: Lucy Loram)

The BOM predicted the Logan River at Beaudesert recorded a major flood peak of 13.62 metres around 12:30am and was slowly falling.

At Maclean Bridge the Logan River was expected to peak Monday at around 20.80 metres tonight and in Waterford it was expected to peak at 11 metres on Tuesday morning.

The Albert River at Wolffdene was falling, following a peak around 12.3 metres on Monday morning.

A drone shot of Goodna, showing brown floodwaters coming close to the rooves of several buildings.
Goodna, a suburb on the eastern edge of Ipswich, was inundated on Monday morning.(ABC News)

In Ipswich, Goodna was the worst-affected area with families having to be rescued on Sunday night.

As of 2:15am this morning, Wivenhoe Dam was sitting at more than 185 per cent capacity.

The level slowly dropped to about 176 per cent on Monday evening.

Somerset Dam was at 144 per cent.

Two men stand with their backs to the camera, taking photos of brown floodwaters that have covered a busy intersection.
Two men taking pictures of the floodwaters in Goodna on Monday morning.(ABC News: Alice Pavlovic)

Releases from North Pine Dam, which was sitting at about 68 per cent.

Seqwater spokesman Mike Foster said Somerset and Wivenhoe dams combined had held back about 2.2 million megalitres of water, compared to the 150,000 megalitres which have been released.

Disaster payments available for flood-affected residents

Flooded buildings in a street in Goodna.
Flooded buildings on Queen Street in Goodna.(ABC News: Alice Pavlovic)

People in flood-affected areas of south-east Queensland and some parts of northern New South Wales are eligible for disaster relief payments from today.

Eligible people can receive up to $1,000 per adult and $400 per child.

The payments will be available to residents in Gympie, the North Burnett, Brisbane City, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redlands City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and local government areas.

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UK: #StormFranklin Brings Strong Winds & Heavy Rain On Sunday & Monday

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#AceWeatherDesk says Storm Franklin threatens UK with more travel chaos and power cuts: Third named storm in a week to bring further strong winds and heavy rain to Britain

Parts of the UK are set to be battered by another bout of hurricane-force winds as the newly named Storm Franklin threatens to cause travel chaos and fresh misery for tens of thousands of families left without power after Storm Eunice.

The Met Office said Franklin would bring strong winds and heavy rain across much of the country and gusts of up to 80mph in Northern Ireland in the early hours of Monday.

It is the first time the Met Office has named three storms within a week since its naming system began in 2015.

The latest severe weather event will pose a challenge for engineers attempting to reconnect the 83,000 households in England and Wales who remain without power following Storm Eunice.

A Met Office spokesman said an amber weather warning for strong winds was in place for Northern Ireland between midnight and 7am on Monday, likely to bring power cuts, damage to buildings, flying debris and danger to life.

He added that gusts would widely reach 60-70 mph in Northern Ireland and up to 80mph on the northern coast.

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