Hard to ignore the weather…

The latest satellite map available:

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And a couple of days back:

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What’s happening now:

All south-east Queensland schools will be shut today and businesses asked to close by lunchtime as ex-Cyclone Debbie nears, bringing severe thunderstorms, torrential rain and flash flooding…

“We are looking at some totals in excess of 400mm about the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hinterland and the Great Dividing Range,” BOM forecaster Matt Bass said….

Gale force winds are being forecast for the south-east corner today, up to 120kph in coastal and elevated areas, and more than 700 homes have lost power in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said shops should shut early today…

Live updates. Looks as if Sirdan in Gympie may be getting some of that rain — I just checked the BOM 256 km Gympie (Mt Kanigan) Radar Loop. And here for our part of the world (NSW) is the current weather warning. It is now raining in Wollongong, but not heavily.

Issued at 4:58 am Thursday, 30 March 2017.

HEAVY RAIN IN THE NORTHEAST DURING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
DAMAGING WINDS ALONG THE COASTAL FRINGE NORTH OF SYDNEY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

SYNOPTIC SITUATION:
A low pressure system over central-eastern Queensland and a high pressure system over the Tasman Sea are dragging a humid tropical air mass over parts of NSW. Heavy rainfall over northeastern NSW is likely during Thursday and Friday as a cold front approaches from the southwest and interacts with this humid airmass.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected over northern parts of the coast during Thursday and Friday. HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is also possible over northern slopes and ranges on Thursday.

24 hour totals in excess of 100 mm are expected over the Northern Rivers district during Thursday, and it is likely that some locations will exceed more than 250 mm. 24 hour totals exceeding 100 mm during Thursday are also possible over parts of the northern ranges and slopes, and parts of the Mid North Coast.

Thunderstorms may develop with this system and could amplify rainfall.

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