'Rain bomb' closes Gold Coast theme parks More than 300mm of rain in overnight downpour

| 18.01,20. 12:37 PM |



'Rain bomb' closes Gold Coast theme parks More than 300mm of rain in overnight downpour



Major highways remain cut, theme parks have closed and dozens of vehicles have been swamped as up to 300mm of torrential rain bucketed down on southeast Queensland overnight.
Two people have been rescued after trying to drive through floodwater on the Gold Coast, with police receiving more than 50 reports of flooded roads across the city this morning.
The deluge hit the Gold Coast the hardest with 325mm of rain falling at Loders Creek and more than 200mm in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
According to the weather bureau, triple the monthly rainfall has fallen on the Gold Coast in the past 12 hours.
The M1 remains closed at Helensvale as emergency crews try to pump floodwater away. Heavy trucks are being allowed to pass through, but cars continue to be diverted.
Theme parks Warner Bros Movie World, Dreamworld and Whitewater World Theme Park have closed to the public.
"Please be aware that due to severe weather and flooding, Warner Bros. Movie World will be closed today for the safety of our guests and team members," Village Roadshow said in a social media post.
The State Emergency Service (SES) has been called to more than 150 jobs across the Gold Coast in the past 12 hours.
The slow-moving cell is now impacting northern NSW as the storm cell moves offshore, but more rain has been forecast for the region across the weekend.
"There is an 80 per cent chance of more storms and shower activity, but nothing to the extent that we have seen overnight," a BoM spokesman said.
New South Wales
Heavy rainfall will continue to provide relief to parts of drought-stricken NSW today after a long period of hot, dry weather and high bushfire risk.
Central NSW and the state's northeast are expected to cop a soaking today with the potential for heavy rainfall on the north coast and parts of the Central Coast, Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Zach Porter told AAP.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of the state yesterday with the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast forced to close for the day as a result of the huge deluge.
Killabakh on the mid-north coast received the most rain with 98mm falling yesterday while Audley in southern Sydney copped 59mm.
The rain didn't reach the bushfire-ravaged South Coast and Snowy Mountains where the highest rainfall amount recorded was 11mm in Bodalla, Mr Porter said.
NSW SES assistant commissioner Paul Bailey said there had been 323 call-outs overnight on Thursday including some for surface flooding in Parkes and Dubbo in the state's central west.
Mr Bailey said fire-affected areas may see an increase in tree falls due to weakened soil, debris flowing into creeks and flash flooding due to a lack of vegetation.
The rain is expected to ease tomorrow with thunderstorms and showers forecast on Monday before windy and dry weather is due on Tuesday.
There's a potential for elevated fire danger later in the week with warm weather forecast, the BOM said.

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