STORM: Two rescued from floodwaters, campers evacuated

UPDATE: An adult and child had to be rescued from floodwaters as last night's massive storm lashed the Sunshine Coast. 

Swift water crews were called to the corner of Lindsay Rd and Jones St, Buderim, after reports of people trapped in a car in floodwaters about 8.15pm. 

The water was shallow enough that rescue crews were able to retrieve the adult and child without a boat.

Earlier, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews were called to a caravan park in Landsborough, after a large tree fell across four caravans.

Firefighters were forced to stop multiple times to clear the road of trees and debris as they made their way to the property on Landsborough Maleny Rd.

Crews searched all four caravans for entrapped people, but all were accounted for.   

Twelve people had to be evacuated from the caravan park. 

EARLIER: Last night's massive storm downed trees, caused flash flooding and left thousands without power.

One couple had a lucky escape when a tree landed on their car while they were driving through Landsborough.

Claytons Towing reports they received only "minor injuries."

Claytons Towing

While this car on Stevens Road near Ewen Maddock Dam was not so lucky. 

This photo was taken by Ross Cattle near Ewen Maddock Dam along Stevens Rd.
This photo was taken by Ross Cattle near Ewen Maddock Dam along Stevens Rd.

And thousands of homes were without power after a series of severe storms dumped heavy falls and hail across the state's southeast.

The Sunshine Coast copped the worst of the weather, where more than 110mm of rain drenched Bli Bli in less than an hour.

Coolum was also soaked by about 60mm, while Maroochydore experienced falls of up to 67mm.

Chad Grobler took this amazing lightning photo over Currimundi. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing Facebook site.
Chad Grobler took this amazing lightning photo over Currimundi. Source: Higgins Storm Chasing Facebook site.

More than 13,000 homes and businesses on the Sunshine Coast were without power following the deluge, as emergency services responded to downed powerlines and trees.

Despite the storm, thousands braved the rain and storm at Nambour Community Carols, which had a lightning show to add to the fireworks spectacular. 

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group said last night it would remain at stand up status overnight following the severe storms which swept through the region.

The affected residents have been safely accommodated for the night.

Higgins Storm Chasing reported that "appears as though as the cluster of severe storms moved through it produced prolonged damaging winds or very localised destructive winds (possible microburst) in the region".

"We've had reports of the majority of trees being brought down across the road. It's taking people 3 hours to make the 10 minute drive with extensive emergency crews in the region."

Residents and visitors are asked to avoid travelling on our roads if at all possible and to follow the "if it's flooded, forget it" message.

There were also reports of hail across the southeast, with an afternoon storm dumping 2mm chunks of ice on Movie World at the Gold Coast.

As the storm moved further north, winds gusts of more than 100km/h were recorded at Double Island Point near Fraser Island.

Weather bureau forecaster David Grant said the storms passed through the region "fairly quickly".

"They were fairly widespread, extending from the central interior of Queensland right throughout much of the southeast Queensland this afternoon and this evening," he said last night.

"The risk of severe thunderstorm activity does reduce after today."


Major Coast road closed due to debris

STEVE Irwin Way at Beerwah is currently closed due to debris on the road.

According to the Department of Transport and Main Roads trees have fallen between Kilcoy-Beerwah Road and Railway Street in Landsborough.

The road is closed to all traffic in both directions. 

Motorists are being advised to delays are to be expected and to use an alternative route.

Department of Transport and Main Roads



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