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Dec 12, 2014

20:05:14 GMT--Extreme Weather - Australia - Australia

EDIS Number: ST-20141212-46309-AUS

Date / time: 12/12/2014 20:03:28 [UTC]

Event: Extreme Weather

Area: Australia

Country: Australia

State/County: State of Queensland

Location: [Queensland-wide]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Queensland residents have been warned to prepare for monster storms this summer after heavy rainfall of up to 200mm fell in parts of the state overnight. Torrential rain cut off a number of roads and forced many residents of central Queensland to abandon their homes. Roads across the region, including Agnes Water and parts of the Dawson, Burnett and Leichardt Highways were affected, Gladstone police told ABC news. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) today issued a minor flood warning for Baffle Creek. "Minor flood levels are expected at Essendean Bridge during Saturday morning," the bureau said in a statement. "An average of 125 millimetres of rainfall has been recorded during the past 12 hours to 8am Friday. Further heavy rainfall of between 50 to 100 millimetres is forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours." It said rainfall is expected to produce further rises throughout the Baffle Creek catchment during Friday and into Saturday. As well as flood warnings, the bureau has issued strong wind warnings for the Mackay Coast, the Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Waters. Severe thunderstorms warnings for the region have this morning been downgraded. Last month, a super cell storm hit Brisbane causing an estimated $300 million worth of damage. In related news, northern areas of the Gold Coast will be among the hardest come the summer storm season. According to figures from insurance company Suncorp Helensvale and Hope Island are the worst affected suburbs for storm-related claims in the past financial year. "Gold Coast residents are unfortunately no stranger to summer storms - with more than 3500 natural hazard claims lodged in the (last financial year)," Suncorp Insurance spokeswoman Melissa Cronin told the Gold Coast bulletin. "We encourage everyone on the Gold Coast to be informed, prepared and resilient this storm season - which way, regardless of what Mother ¬Nature has in store, you'll be ready."

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