Storms dump ‘extraordinary rainfall’ on south-east Queensland

Black clouds cover the sky above a residential street in Mango Hill.Dangerous thunderstorms that dumped heavy rain on Brisbane are no longer threatening the south-east Queensland area.

The Bureau of Meteorology had warned of slow-moving thunderstorms affecting Gympie, Somerset, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Council Areas on Sunday evening.

Meteorologist Andrew Bufalino said although they did not look like much on the radar, the storms had caused “extraordinary rainfall rates”.

“Right now, we are seeing around 50 millimetres within half an hour over numerus gauges and that is expected to continue as it tracks further north,” he said Sunday evening.

Nearly 100 millimetres of rain was recorded at Mount Mee, north of Brisbane, in an hour.

Earlier on Sunday Brisbane’s north copped heavy rainfall, with 80 millimetres recorded in the semi-rural suburb of Samford in just 30 minutes.

The Bureau of Meteorology said severe thunderstorms east of Dalby, from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe, had passed, but it would continue to monitor the situation.

via Storms dump ‘extraordinary rainfall’ on south-east Queensland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)