Severe weather: Gold Coast smashed by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie’s ‘sting in the tail’

MIDDAY UPDATE: MAYOR Tom Tate has told Gold Coasters to stay at home and read Harry Potter as a major weather emergency unfolds across the city following a 300mm deluge overnight.

And the worst is yet to come with 500mm expected to fall as ex-tropical cyclone Debbie moves across the region this afternoon bringing wind gusts up to 125km/h.

Gold Coast schools, child care centres and beaches are closed and residents are being told to stay at home in an unprecedented move after the city was caught unaware by the true force of the weather system.


Parts of Tallebudgera, Currumbin, Carrara, Robina, Mudgeeraba and Helensvale are underwater and the M1 at Mudgeeraba is closed to ALL traffic due to flash flooding.

media_cameraFloodwaters up to the roof of a car at Robina Hospital. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

Mayor Tom Tate sent a blunt message to Gold Coasters caught playing in floodwaters with dozens of local roads underwater. Floodwaters are lapping at the roofs of cars in Robina.

“You’re a bloody idiot, get out of there. You’re not just potentially harming your own life,” he said.

“If you’re in trouble, SES personnel will come in and (it could) endanger their lives. Go and see a movie.

“Stay off the roads unless it is essential. Stay home. Go the library if you want to. My choice Harry Potter.”

Major rivers are on flood watch with the Coomera River set to break it’s banks shortly.

The Hinze Dam is turning into a raging torrent — already at 100 per cent before the deluge.

Little Nerang Dam is currently at 117 per cent and spilling. There is a significant flood risk for those downstream.

Coast resident Brett Dunkerton at Hinze Dam as it overflows this morning

Hinze Dam is overflowing

Greens are flooded and water is lapping at the back step of the Palmer Colonial golf course at Robina making the exclusive country club look more like island from the roadside.


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