Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Floods hit Queensland Australia ( bbc)

Floods hit Queensland, Australia

Drivers had to be rescued from stranded vehicles

Parts of Queensland have been flooded after extreme thunderstorms at the weekend.

Thunderstorms unleashed downpours across the state with rainfall totals reaching 250mm (10 inches) in parts of the Gold Coast area from Sunday to Monday.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, about 150mm (6 inches) of rain had drenched the state capital Brisbane by Monday afternoon, giving rise to flash flooding which inundated homes and businesses.

Brisbane police said several drivers had to be rescued from stranded vehicles, and many roads around the city were closed due to the flooding. Strong winds associated with the storms also brought down trees and cut the power to more than 20,000 homes.

The heavy rain is forecast to ease during Monday allowing officials to continue with the clean-up operations.