Parts of south-east Queensland are being battered by heavy rain in a soggy start to the new year, with dangerous flooding predicted.
Intense falls in some areas could lead to life-threatening flash flooding, the Bureau of Meteorology warned on Monday afternoon.
Upper Springbrook on the Gold Coast had already recorded 389mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Monday, while 276mm fell at Little Nerang Dam and 264mm at Hotham Creek, near Pimpama.
A flood warning has been issued for the Nerang, Pimpama and Coomera Rivers, where water levels are expected to continue rising with periods of intense rain.
“The heaviest rainfall will be associated with shower and thunderstorm activity, which is likely to be hit and miss in nature across the warning area,” the bureau said.
“There remains some uncertainty in the movement and timing of features but the heavy rainfall risk is expected to persist into Tuesday afternoon.”
Eighteen roads on the Gold Coast were closed on Monday morning due to flooding.
Queensland police urged people to resist travel as wild weather returned to the south-east.
“Even in the early hours of this morning we were detecting drivers speeding, not driving to the conditions and being an absolute menace,” assistant commissioner, Chris Stream, said.