4PM UPDATE: SIX evacuation shelters have been opened on the Sunshine Coast as the region prepares for more rain to dump on the region overnight.

The council has joined with police in urging motorists to stay off the roads tonight and tomorrow.

With about 70 roads across the coast currently closed and heavy rainfall expected to continue over the next 24 hours, rising rivers and creeks including localised flash flooding is expected to continue.

Local Disaster Coordinator Alan Rogers said the Coast is experiencing an extremely intense weather event with heavy rainfall in excess of 200 mm expected on top of the 150mm that has already fallen across the region.

"It's really important that residents take extra care, particularly in areas that are prone to flooding and if they do encounter a flooded road, please don't attempt to drive through it," he said.

"Residents are advised to be prepared with some townships already cut off and further communities possibly isolated as road continue to close due to rising water.

"Damaging winds and peak gusts of more than 100km/hr are also expected about the Coast so please make the normal preparations you would make to protect yourselves, your properties and that of neighbours as soon as possible.

"For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

"Council has opened three overnight shelters for people that may have gone to work or shopping this morning and may not be able to get home tonight.

"Further centres will be open throughout the evening. Check Council's website, Facebook page and tune into local radio for updates."

Currently, The J at 60 Noosa Drive at Noosa Junction, the Nambour Civic Centre at 6-64 Currie Street in Nambour and Lake Kawana Community Centre in Sportsman's Parade are open and catering for anyone who is stranded and can't find accommodation for the evening.

Centres in the north have also been opened:

·         Cooroy Library -9 Maple St, Cooroy

·         Cooran School of the Arts -King Street Cooran - next to the post office

·         Pomona Community House -1 Memorial Avenue, Pomona

Further updates will be posted on our website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and council's Facebook page.

"Please take care trying to get home tonight and if at all possible, plan to stay off the roads today and tomorrow," Mr Rogers said.

Winds of 90km/h predicted

THE weather bureau is predicting wind gusts of 90km/h and more flooding on the Sunshine Coast, prompting warnings from ENERGEX to be power safe.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasts are showing the chance of high winds and torrential rain both of which, according to ENERGEX, can cause electrical dangers.

ENERGEX is asking people to have a good look around their property for items such as outdoor furniture, branches and other vegetation and light building materials that can be carried by winds into powerlines.

The warning comes as rainfall tallies across the northern end of the Sunshine Coast continue to rise.

Mt Wolvi near Gympie has had 254mm of rain, while Tiaro has had 302mm in the 24 hours up until 3.20pm today.

Cooroy had has 143mm, Cooran 150mm, Cooloolabain Dam 117 and Baroon Pocket Dam 133mm

Further south, Nambour has had 87mm of rain with flooding of Quota Park and the Woolworths shopping centre carpark.

Energex is urging people to keep away from fallen powerlines that may be brought down by the high winds.

"If anyone sees a wire down, stay well away and contact ENERGEX 's priority number on 13 19 62 and we'll get crews there as quickly as possible.''

Just because a powerline is on the ground doesn't mean it isn't live. Not only could it be live in fact, it could have thousands of volts running through it and even the slightest brush against it could kill.

ENERGEX also highlighted the dangers heavy rainfall can cause with localised and widespread flooding.

Electricity and water are a dangerous combination so if someone's property becomes inundated they must remember their home's power supply may still be on.

It's important that people don't touch their switchboard if their property is flooded. If appliances and extension cords are clear of floodwaters, they should be turned off, unplugged from the wall, and stored in a high place.

If a home has been inundated, once flood or storm waters have subsided people need to get a Queensland licensed electrician to inspect the property for damage before it can be reenergised, and any appliances that have come into contact with water should also be checked.

Electricians' contact details can be found in the Yellow Pages or by phoning the Electrical Contractors Association (Queensland) on 1300 657 488.

ENERGEX has suggested people take the following steps to prepare for severe weather events:

• Get a storm kit together
• Recharge mobile phones and fill gas bottles for cooking
• Have fresh batteries in your radio and torches

More information about preparing for wild weather and electrical safety can be found at energex.com.au.

Updates on power restoration are available via ENERGEX's website or loss of supply number on
13 62 62.


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