Cars sink in flash flooding
Heavy rainfall across Brisbane on Thursday breaks a heatwave, causing flash flooding and catching motorists off guard. Nine NewsPT1M10S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31ce8 620 349 January 24, 2014
More rain is tipped for Brisbane over the next five days, after the city copped a soaking and suffered flash floods on Thursday.
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said 151 millimetres fell at Moggill, 115 millimetres at Bowen Hills and 105 millimetres at Archerfield during the wild weather.
At Amberley near Ipswich, 12 millimetres fell in the space of 10 minutes, and total of 94 millimetres lashed the area during the day.
Lightning flashes over the Brisbane CBD. Photo: Nine News
“There was some very heavy rain in and around Brisbane through till about midnight, with the heaviest falls following the Brisbane River,” Mr McBurney said,
“The reason we had such high falls were the thunderstorms were so slow moving.”
The State Emergency Service were called out to at least 81 jobs across the southeast.
The wet weather caused mayhem on the roads. Photo: Nine News
A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said there were no swift water rescues, with most call outs for leakings roofs and fallen trees.
The SES was not expecting a large backlog of jobs to be called in on Friday.
She encouraged people to ensure their gutters were clean and not to leave furniture out in the open.
“The message we we’re trying to get out to people is that it’s now definitely storm season. In general, if you’ve prepared your home, the effect will be less.” the spokeswoman said.
Thursday’s rain also disrupted traffic on the roads, with flash flooding reported at with flooding reported at Boundary Road, Coopers Plains; Moggil Road, Indooroopilly; and Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton.
The Graceville station on the Ipswich train line was also closed in the afternoon after a pedestrian subway was flooded.
Showers are predicted on Friday, although the Bureau of Meteorology is only expecting between 2 millimetres and 6 millimetres.
The temperature is expected to reach a top of 29 degrees.
Mr McBurney said there could be further thunderstorms and rain on Saturday afternoon, but “they’re not going to be as crazy as yesterday”.
Showers are possible on Sunday, and more rain is predicted for Monday and Tuesday.