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WEATHER | Record Rainfall, Flash Flooding And Ex TC Uesi

We have seen record rainfall totals on the Sunshine Coast and there are more heavy ralls to come according to the Bureau of Meteorology.  

Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said in terms of the amount of rainfall we have seen on the Sunshine Coast, 232mm of rain landed at the Sunshine Coast Airport, more than 200mm was also recorded at Coolum and Nambour over a two hour period.

The falls at Sunshine Coast Airport not only flooded the new tarmac, which is still under construction, but it is well above its February average of 190mm for the whole month.

Mr Kennedy said that heavy rainfall will ease during Thursday afternoon.  But further heavy falls are tipped on Valentine's Day and on Saturday.  

This weather system is being driven by an upper trough located over the south eastern coast.  

Ex Tropical Cyclone Uesi is located around 700km east of North Stradbroke Island.  It is heading towards Lord Howe Island off New South Wales.

Mr Kennedy stressed that the Bureau doesn't expect to see coastal locations located by additional rain or wind whipped up by Uesi.  

We will see Uesi have an impact on swell along the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island and the Gold Coast.  

Uesi is also expected to have a significant impact on Lord Howe Island overnight and into Friday.  

By Michelle Brewer