Brisbane's big wet

The latest weather activity recorded over the city of Brisbane.
Brisbane Live

Translink reports train services have been suspended between Roma Street and Bowen Hills due to debris on powerlines at Fortitude Valley.

However trains are running from Albion to Roma Street via the Exhibition loop.

Natalie Bochenski

The torrent caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is set to continue moving further south today, with rain easing up already on the Sunshine Coast and northern parts of Brisbane, with the southside and Gold Coast to get a reprieve later today.

"The sun might even pop its head out this afternoon," says Brian Dutschke from Weatherzone.

Sadly it won't be for long!

Natalie Bochenski

Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott is reportedly heading for Brisbane today.

Mr Abbott was in Sydney yesterday what was described as a "mini" election campaign launch.

He'll spend the rest of the week touring the country, but has apparently bumped Brisbane up on the list.

Natalie Bochenski

Some early morning stats from the Department of Community Safety:

The SES had 1800 requests for assistance in the 24 hours to 4am. 830 of those were from the Sunshine Coast to Gladstone, with the majority in storm-ravaged Bundaberg. The rest were from Brisbane and the southeast region. The bulk of calls were for help with leaky roofs, sandbagging and downed trees.

There were 54 swift water rescue calls until 9pm Sunday. Between 9pm and 4am, there were a further 9, but in positive news, most were non-events, where the SWR crews were called but not needed.

Brisbane Live

Another big drenching update from the weather bureau, with 449mm of rain recorded at Benobble, just north of Canungra.

Rainfalls between 100 and 150mm have been recorded through the Logan and Albert river catchments, which are experiencing moderate to major flooding. Beaudesert, Maclean Bridge and Wolffdene expected to be most affected during Monday.

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Brisbane Live

Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland is always soaked in big rain events, and this one is no different - more than 476mm of rain has been recorded over the past 24 hours.

Rainfall totals on the Gold Coast in general have been between 150 to 300mm.

Fast stream rises are expected throughout the region this morning, with major flood levels already reached in Canungra Creek and Mudgeeraba Creek, and minor to moderate flooding possible in the Nerang and Coomera Rivers.

Natalie Bochenski

The Mary River at Gympie is expected to peak at 21 metres during the morning - that's well above the January 2011 record of 19.45 metres.

The weather bureau says moderate flooding is also expected at Maryborough, with a peak of 10m predicted.

Brisbane Live

Police have just issued an update on a man believed missing in floodwaters at Greenbank.

Witnesses reported the motorcyclist was swept off a bridge along the Greenbank-Goodna Road around 11pm.

It's believed members of the public tried to get a rope to the man, but he was washed downstream. A search will resume this morning.

Brisbane Live

The weather has been so bad in north and west Queensland, Telstra exchanges at Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Mareeba and Mt Isa are all down.

Police say it's affecting Telstra users' ability to call Triple Zero.

They're advising those affected to use mobile phones to piggyback off an alternative carrier if they need to call emergency services.

Police, fire and ambulance have also established temporary numbers for each locality. They can be found here.

Brisbane Live

The weather bureau has updated its forecast for the Lower Brisbane and Bremer Rivers, as well as Lockyer and Laidley Creeks.

Widespread rainfall totals of 75-150mm have been recorded since 9am Sunday, with isolated totals of up to 350mm. The heaviest rainfall has been recorded in Laidley Creek, Lockyer Valley and Lower Brisbane. Further heavy rainfall is possible during Monday.

The Bremer River at Ipswich is expected to exceed the major flood level of 11.7m by midday.

Minor flooding's expected downstream of Moggill. On the Brisbane city gauge, minor flood levels are expected on the peak of the high tides from Monday morning to Thursday morning. The highest level is expected on the high tides at 11am Tuesday and 11am Wednesday.

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Natalie Bochenski

Energex is reporting almost 157,000 homes and businesses without power this morning.

Here's a rough breakdown:

Approximately 50,000 in Brisbane

30,000 across Logan and the Redlands

33,000 in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area

26,000 on the Sunshine Coast

13,000 across the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim

With the high winds bringing down trees and powerlines like dominos, it's important to stay away from any wires, and report them to 13 19 62. To report power interruptions, call 13 62 62.

Brisbane Live

The weather bureau has just updated its flood warning for the Brisbane and Stanley rivers above Wivenhoe Dam.

Minor to moderate flood levels have peaked in the upper reaches of both rivers. Major flood levels continue in Cressbrook Creek at Rosentreters Bridge, which was 6 metres and rising at 2am. Further rainfall is possible across the Upper Brisbane River catchment during Monday.

Natalie Bochenski

Early morning greetings to all of you unable/unwilling to sleep during Brisbane's Big Wet, 2013 edition.

I'll be taking over from Simon to run the live blog through the wee hours of January 28.

You know you're in the grip of a serious weather event when the 24-hour Milton McDonald's is closed.

Happily though there's no report of flooding in the restaurant yet.

Your Say

We seem to be on the back of P-platers tonight. Someone has sent us an SMS saying there are two tow inexperienced drivers blocking Emeline St at Kelvin Grove by parking on opposite sides of the street, leaving less than 2m clearance.

Brisbane Live

Police have just issued a caution to those driving around the Redcliffe area this morning. There are plenty of powerlines down due to the wind. Drive carefully, and if you know of someone who's out and about, be sure to let them know there is danger about.

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Breaking News

Reports just coming in from police of a rescue in a creek at Greenbank. There aren't many details as yet, but we'll let you know as soon as they come to hand.

In other breaking news, a yachtie has been rescued by water police in Waterloo Bay, near King Island off Wellington Point. Police got the distress call just before midnight. Again, there are very few details.


A quick update on some road closures. Gap Creek Rd and Eatons Crossing Rd in north Brisbane are closed. On the Gold Coast, Tallegudgera Creek Rd is closed.

Brisbane Live

The Burnett River reached just over 20m in December 2010. It's now at 22.6m with further rises to come. That means it's on target to reach the destructive levels of 1942.

Simon Holt

This wind just does not want to ease up. The weather bureau and police are warning of winds up to 125km/hr in the Southeast coast district. That essentially means dangerous surf for the Gold Coast.

In other alerts, people around the Lockyer and Laidley Creeks are being urged to evacuate. Evacuation centres are at Fernvale Community Hall and Lowood Showgrounds.

Meanwhile, a tide warning is being issued for Moreton Bay. It's expected to peak at around 10am.

Simon Holt

There are still plenty of great pictures coming through, so I'll build them into a photo gallery here. And good morning to all those who are sticking with us on this Australia Day holiday as we keep you abreast of all we know about the storms and consequent damage.

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