Search for woman feared swept away in floodwaters amid deluge

| 13.02,20. 09:37 AM |

Search for woman feared swept away in floodwaters amid deluge


Wild weather smashes Australian east coast

Australia's east coast has again been soaked overnight, with thousands of homes and properties still without power.
The intense weather system is smashing NSW and Queensland as Cyclone Uesi edges closer from New Caledonia.
Yang Chen was reported missing when she disappeared in flood waters near Gorge Falls yesterday. (Queensland Police)

Queensland flooding intensifies with worst yet to come

A search is underway after a woman was feared to have been swept away in floodwaters on the Gold Coast.
Yang Chen was reported missing about 11am yesterday when a man she was walking with lost sight of her near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley.
Several creeks in the area are overflowing from recent rainfall and authorities are concerned for the 26-year-old's safety.
Ms Chen is described as Chinese with a slim build, black hair and brown eyes.
The torrential rain has impacted hundreds of residents on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, who are dealing with power outages and submerged roads from flash flooding.
Cars were submerged on the Sunshine Coast.
Cars were submerged on the Sunshine Coast. (9News)
Streets under water after heavy rain on the Sunshine Coast.
Streets under water after heavy rain on the Sunshine Coast. (9News)
A severe thunderstorm warning for the region and parts of Gympie and the Moreton Bay Council area was issued late yesterday, while Cyclone Uesi is creating large swells along Australia's east coast.
The cyclone is expected to pummel beaches south of Fraser Island, with the Gold Coast expecting the heaviest surf today.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned of possible intense rainfall leading to life-threatening flash flooding, noting 79mm of rain was recorded at Yandina Creek in just one hour last night.
Almost 2000 customers were affected by power outages on the Sunshine Coast, Energex reported shortly before 1am.
The torrential rain has impacted hundreds of residents on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, who are dealing with power outages and submerged roads from flash flooding. (9News)
Almost 2000 customers were affected by power outages on the Sunshine Coast, Energex reported shortly before 1am. (9News)
The Department of Transport and Main Roads reported roads were flooded at various locations including Doonan, Sippy Downs, Mount Coolum, Tewantin and Nambour.
Inland, properties remain under threat in tiny communities isolated by an inland sea of floodwater west of Brisbane, in the state's far north locals are bracing for searing heatwave conditions.
Other parts of Queensland remain on flood watch, with warnings for coastal catchments between Bundaberg and the NSW border.
However, it is a very different story in the state's far north where residents are bracing for heatwave conditions into the mid-40s with February temperature records expected to tumble.

Thousands still without power as NSW storms continue


Residents in Sydney have entered their sixth day
with no power after storms hit the state's coast last week.
Close to 25,000 properties remain without power as wild weather continues to cause issues.
Close to 25,000 properties remain without power as wild weather continues to cause issues. (9News)
Flood warnings remain in place for parts of Sydney and the state's north with more rain and storms expected today.
More than 180 power poles have been damaged in the weather and close to 100 technicians are working around the clock to restore power.
State and government assistance is expected to be offered to those affected with the weather deemed a natural disaster.
The NSW North Coast is also bracing for dangerous weather conditions with Cyclone Uesi's approach bringing damaging winds, intense surf and flash flooding to coastal areas.

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