People have been hard hit in South East Queenslad. Overall, not as bad as the 2011 floods, but in some places, even worse. Unfortunately however, several people have already lost their ives. Bundaberg, a few hours drive north of Brisbane had the storm centre sit right over the town for 2 - 3 days before moing south. Some places have had 300mm in less than a 24 hour period. Bundaberg is looking at their highest flood levels on record. Over the last 4 days, where I am we would have had between 400 - 500mm. The Wholesale Nursery I work at has gone from critical watershortage of only about 10 days water left to full capacity during this period which would last 9 months without further rain.
Athough downgraded from a Cat 1 Cyclone, this weather system has picked up large amounts of water from a humid trough off-shore. Categorsed by a small center (about 50 by 75 kms) which has been associated with rainfalls of 100-300mm per day, it has been remarkable in tracking down the coastline from Bundy and now on it's way past Brisbane to the Gold Coast, with the center passing right over the mot populated areas of South East Queensland (ie on the Coast). As a result of this, although not tecnically a cycone, the amount of rainall has been in excess to that which many 'proper' cyclones have brought to the party In the past.
200,000 thousand people have been without power for over 24 hours. Our outage is still continuing.
UPDATE: Lockyear Valley in inland SE Queensland has had 600mm in 24 hours. That's a crapload of rain. Half the annual rainfall of lots of places. Plenty of people in strife. My power now out until 10pm tomorrow.