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Weather conditions improve on the Sunshine Coast

The weather system that has brought heavy rain and strong winds to the Sunshine Coast has moved through the region more quickly than expected.

Acting Local Disaster Coordinator John Gallina said there had been no reports of serious damage on the Coast and it was anticipated that conditions would continue to ease throughout the day.

“Although it appears the worst of this system has moved south of us, we still urge our residents and visitors to take care on our roads especially in the hinterland area which received the heaviest falls over the past 24 hours,” Mr Gallina said.

“We have had reports of trees uprooted and branches down as well as water across the road in some places.

“The State Emergency Service remains active and has reported a total of 61 jobs – 15 in Maroochydore, 14 in Caloundra, seven in Kawana and Maroochydore, six in Coolum, five in Maleny and four in Glasshouse.

“Surf Life Saving Queensland has closed all Sunshine Coast beaches due to dangerous conditions. There are no reports yet of any significant erosion on our beaches but this may change with the high tide due around 7.43pm.

“Earlier this morning two flights to Sunshine Coast Airport were cancelled, but the airport is currently open, and we had three boats that broke their moorings in the Parrearra channel.

“SEQ Water has advised that Cooloolabia Dam, Wappa Falls Dam and Ewen Maddock Dam are spilling so extra caution needs to be taken in their vicinity.”

Council’s Disaster Hub site has all the information needed to be prepared before, during and after a severe weather event – including weather warnings and road closures.

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend.

Further updates will be issued as required.