Bureau of Meteorology
Issued: Saturday, 30 November 2013 at 3pm
Major Flood warnings have been issued for the Tweed River with flash flooding reported in the upper reaches of the Tweed Valley.
Both Uki and Murwillumbah have recorded over 25mm since 9am, with 50mm at Duranbah and heavier falls are expected to develop well ahead of severe Tropical Cyclone Jonica.
There is now serious concern around the timing of the storm surge, at high tide and the onset of major flooding.
Damaging wind gusts to 80km/h are being recorded from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast including Moreton Bay.
Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Jonica is now expected to cross the Gold Coast early Sunday afternoon .
Emergency services in Qld and NSW are urging residents in low lying areas to evacuate to higher ground.
The next warning will be issued by 6pm EST Saturday