A severe weather warning remains in place for the South East this afternoon as we head towards a weekend of saturating rain which is likely to be with us at least until Tuesday, with these heavy falls easing to showers by Sunday.
The Bureau says we should expect falls of up to 130 mm in the next 24 hours in our region and falls of up to 300 mm are being forecast for the Gold Coast Hinterland.
So far reports say more than 70 mm has fallen in parts of Redland city since 9 am yesterday and falls of 88mm have been recorded at Mt Gravatt, 74mm at Noosa Heads and 44mm on the Gold Coast.
Police say the afternoon’s peak is expected to be chaotic and are asking drivers to take added care as concerns are growing for flash flooding in usual trouble spots.
And while they call for more rain in the South and Central West, it’s been a wet start to 2018 for us with 25 days of rain so far this year delivering about 40 mm more than we experienced by this time last year.
The Bureau says conditions are expected to ease during Sunday morning, but showers and rain will be with us until Tuesday.
For those driving this afternoon and on the weekend-the golden rules should apply- Drive to the conditions, allow extra braking distance and if its flooded, forget it.