LUCK OF THE DRAW: Most of the Coast was spared major damage in Thursday’s wind and rain but not so a ute parked in Littles Rd at Glasshouse Mountains.
LUCK OF THE DRAW: Most of the Coast was spared major damage in Thursday’s wind and rain but not so a ute parked in Littles Rd at Glasshouse Mountains. Contributed

Coast dodges a bullet in deluge

THE storm clouds have parted and the clean-up is under way after two days of rain.

The Coast fared well given that more than 100mm of rain teamed with howling winds battered the region on Thursday.

A severe weather warning was cancelled yesterday morning and residents and council staff are now working to clean up the mess.

Wurtulla residents recalled what they described as a "mini tornado" hitting about midnight.

Patio furniture was carried across front yards, fences were blown out of joint and branches were ripped from trees.

A car owner at Littles Rd, Glasshouse Mountains, was not as lucky when a large branch crashed through the roof of a parked ute.

Overnight, heavy rainfall caused a mudslide over two lanes of Nambour Connection Rd between the Big Pine

apple and the caravan park.

SES Local Coordinator Janet Scott said volunteers responded to about 50 calls between Thursday and yesterday afternoon.

"We never know from one rain event to another what the situation is going to be," Ms Scott said. "We were very lucky this time around.''

Disaster Management Coordinator Andrew Ryan said council officers would clean up parks and roads in the coming days.

"We certainly didn't get the major damage that we can get when we have deluges like this," he said.

"We have had a lot of debris across the roads and lots of gravel across roads where drains are blocked.

"There is particular damage at Carter Rd at Nambour where there was a landslip and large cracking in the pavement and we've got the engineers out there today assessing the situation.''

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said the brunt of the wild weather was over.

"All that's left now is an inland low pressure system which will produce a few showers and storms in some parts of the south-east,'' he said. "A south-easterly change will bring a cooler change early Monday morning and the odd coastal shower throughout the week."

The forecast

Saturday: Max 30 degrees, chance of showers and isolated storms, mainly in the hinterland

Sunday: Max 29 degrees scattered showers

Remainder of the week: Max 28 degrees, showers in coastal areas on Monday, clearing throughout the week


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