A man has died in southeast Queensland after being swept away by the 1,000-kilometer storm that continues to batter the state.
Police found his body at Sandy Creek in Nanango, where QFES issued an emergency alert to the entire South Burnett Regional Council due to flash flooding.
Police and QFES officers were looking for a missing man who was reportedly swept away in a car by a massive flood.
A QFES spokeswoman previously said a vehicle was washed out near Nanango at around 5:30 am.
Police have not yet officially identified the man.
This comes as parts of Queensland are facing severe weather due to low levels on the east coast, with 8m waves recorded overnight and possible 110km/h storm winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued severe weather warnings for southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales, placing a 1,000km stretch of coastline under a severe surf warning.
BOM has issued a minor flood warning from the Stanley River to Somerset Dam.
The Stanley River at Woodford is likely to reach a minor flood level (5m) on Friday afternoon, with total rainfall in the area from 9am Thursday to be up to 120mm.
Isolated areas of flooding are expected along the Brisbane River to Wivenhoe Dam.
A gale warning is in effect for Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Bay, and a gale warning has been issued for Capricornia and Fraser Island.
Wind speeds of around 90 km/h are possible around Fraser Island, Strathbroke and Moreton Islands, as well as in the open parts of Sunny Beach, according to the BOM forecast, although peak gusts on Fraser Island can reach 110 km/h in the afternoon.
It occurs when strong surf breaks the coast of Queensland, raising concerns about localized damage and coastal erosion.
Waves in excess of 8 meters were recorded in Brisbane and Mooloolaba early Friday morning, with average wave heights of over 4 meters expected throughout the day.
A high surf warning is in effect for Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
Sky News meteorologist Alison Osborne said authorities are asking Queenslanders to postpone any planned trips to the beach.
“Tip, especially if you live on the more exposed stretches of coastline from Coffs Harbor to Fraser Island, avoid the beaches. There is a very high risk of coastal erosion, especially in areas facing south,” she said.
“25 to 50 mm (of rain) from Fraser Island to Moreton Island, there is a risk of damaging winds and coastal erosion due to massive waves. We’re talking about 5.6-7m in the surf area and that’s enough for the rest of the day.
“However, the forecast shows that this larger wave front will go away and towards the end of the weekend we should start to see conditions improve rapidly.”
The downstream east coast is also affecting parts of New South Wales with a gale warning issued for the Byron coast and a high wind warning for the Coffs and Macquarie coasts.
There is also a warning of dangerous surf off the coast of Byron and Coffs.
Devastating surf is expected later on Friday with waves in excess of 5 meters along Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina and Brunswick Heads.
Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that people stay out of the water and stay away from surf-prone areas.
The population was ordered to regularly check their property for erosion or flooding with sea water and, if necessary, to raise goods and electrical products.
Originally published as Man dies in Queensland storm with dangerous waves, flooding and hurricane-force winds