- Friday 01 May 2015
The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) remains in alert status today as rain continues to fall across the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that showers and storms are forecast across the Sunshine Coast until Saturday morning. The region may see rainfall totals of 50-150 mm over the next 24 hours with isolated higher falls of 200-300mm possible, mainly near the coast.
LDMG Coordinator Andrew Ryan said the current weather system has the potential to create periods of heavy rainfall and localised flooding.
“We are already seeing large surf and dangerous beach conditions, with most beaches closed today,” Mr Ryan said.
“Our main area of concern at this stage is the impact of the heavy rain on our roads. We may see localised flooding which can cause some roads to be closed for a short time.
“The heavy rain will impact around peak traffic times this afternoon, so we urge all motorists to drive with extra caution and to look out for stormwater flowing over roads.
“Council and emergency services will remain in alert status until the weather system moves south of the region.
“Until we see the system move away from the Coast, we do ask our community to listen to the weather warnings and minimise road travel during heavy rainfall to reduce personal risk
“Considering the possible impacts of severe weather in advance can certainly prevent unnecessary risk and help keep everyone safe.
“We encourage people to visit Council’s Disaster Hub website (www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au) – a one stop shop for all disaster information, including road closures, weather conditions, emergency warnings and community advice messages issued during a weather event.
“People should also tune in to the local radio stations for weather forecasts and emergency warnings or advice.”