Storm warnings cancelled after multiple alerts

GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he ensured emergency crews were on stand-by as officers monitored a storm supercell as it approached the Glitter Strip.

The council was warned by weather experts that the city could be hit by a severe hail storm late in the afternoon.

As of 7.30pm, however, the multiple severe storm warnings that had been triggered through the afternoon had all been cancelled.

A severe storm passed over the Gold Coast around 6.30pm, bringing strong winds and heavy rain as Councillor Tate urged residents to take precautions, and house their pets and protect valuables.

“It is unpredictable. My message is prepare yourself. Get your pets inside and at the same time your cars,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“If you are at a loss at where to start, get on the council website or StormReady and they will give you a list of what to do.

A lot of people love their cars, they’re a big investment, put it undercover or put some sheets or blankets over it, whatever you’ve got.”

Dominic Damjanoski captured these shots of lightning striking above the Palmer Colonial Golf Course on the Gold Coast.

Dominic Damjanoski captured these shots of lightning striking above the Palmer Colonial Golf Course on the Gold Coast.Source:Supplied

BOM meteorologist Gordon Banks agreed that supercells would form.

“Yes I think we will see some supercells,” he said.

“Generally (supercells are) more organised, it tends to be rotating cell.

“Whereas normal thunderstorms typically last for 30 minutes to an hour, supercells can stay together for several hours and can track large distances.”

It will be a mixed bag of weather conditions around the southeast for the next few days, with hot weather and severe storms setting in today before cooler conditions bring plenty of rain for the rest of the week.

A supercell hits Yamanto in Ipswich. Picture: Mr "S" Photography

A supercell hits Yamanto in Ipswich. Picture: Mr ‘S’ PhotographySource:Supplied

Brisbane is expected to break the 30C barrier for the first time since April, with residents bracing for hot, humid conditions today, along with more storms across the southeast.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting temperatures to hit 31C in the city while along the coastline temperatures are also expected to reach 30C.

If the predictions are accurate, Wednesday will be Brisbane’s hottest day since the mercury peaked at 32C on April 16.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Rick Threlfall says severe storms are likely to roll in across the region in the afternoon and evening.

“There might be the odd fog patch around the inland suburbs in the west because of all the humidity, but for the morning and a large part of the afternoon it will be nice and sunny,” he said

“It’s going to be a warm, sticky day and that helps feed the potential for storms late into the afternoon.”

Mr Threlfall said it was difficult to pinpoint where the storms were likely to hit, but dangerous winds, large hail and “intense” rain are likely across much of the southeast.

Up to 40mm of rain is forecast today around the Gold Coast, while Brisbane could collect 30mm and the Sunshine Coast 20mm.

Cr Tate said the council was well prepared for the storm season with staff undertaken courses in the past month.

“Our disaster management has been doing exercises, when I call a stand up everyone knows to come in, and the call for help for the SES, we will be monitoring that,” he said.

“People will be out there. So you are not alone. It’s better for you to get ready that your pets and belongings are safe.”

Asked if he had crews on stand-by, he replied: “We will be. I’m constantly contacting my director there. As it approaches, I’m not one of those persons to be a boy called wolf, if I go out and say it’s on, it really is on. We will usual our social media, texts – we’ve got that all in place to go.”

Ice balls of hail collected at a Sunshine Coast hinterland lychee farm.

Ice balls of hail collected at a Sunshine Coast hinterland lychee farm.Source:Supplied

A big change is expected to bring more rain and colder weather on Thursday, as a south-easterly change moves up from NSW.

Temperatures will drop to tops of 22C in Brisbane tomorrow and 19C by Friday with similar rainy conditions along the coast.

RADAR BACK IN BUSINESS

Technicians who were racing to restore Brisbane’s Mt Stapylton radar in time for this afternoon’s looming storms have succeeded in getting it back online.

The radar went offline about 9am Tuesday due to a “technical fault”.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said the radar was back online yesterday afternoon, but failed again overnight.

It is not known what has caused the fault.

56MM FALLS IN 15 MINUTES

Today’s storm warnings come after the Sunshine Coast was hammered by large hail storms and heavy rain on Tuesday.

Nambour and Fernvale bore the brunt of 2cm of hail stones falling during the afternoon, while very heavy rain was recorded at Coolum which was lashed with 56mm of rain in just 15 minutes.

Trees were also ripped down around Noosa, with thousands of homes left without power for several hours.

 

‘Extraordinary’: Questions raised over all of Dreamworld’s rides

THE coroner presiding over the Dreamworld inquest has demanded to see certificates proving all of the theme park’s rides were properly registered, specifically focusing on the five years leading up to the Thunder River Rapids tragedy of 2016.

Coroner James McDougall said it was “extraordinary” the Office of Industrial Relations still hadn’t provided evidence, more than three weeks into the inquest, relating to the proper registration of rides.

It is unclear if any of Dreamworld’s rides were properly registered under workplace health and safety laws, which require an external engineer to sign them off once a year.

Office of Industrial Relations lawyer Stephen Gray told the inquest he was unaware if the regulator knew Dreamworld was completing the required inspections.

“That’s an extraordinary statement,” Mr McDougall said.

“We’re almost 14 days into this inquest and the regulator hasn’t gone away to its records to see if there’s proof of inspection of rides carried out at Dreamworld over the past five years.

“You are aware that Dreamworld has been in existence for the past five years and millions of people have been attending.”

Dreamworld lawyer Bruce Hodgkinson interjected and said the theme park had been completing its own internal inspections with a senior engineer and had been filling out online forms for the regulator.

Mr McDougall told counsel assisting the coroner Ken Fleming, QC, it “could well be an issue” if there was no requirement to produce some form of written documentation proving that rides had been signed off.

Former Dreamworld attractions and entertainment manager Andrew Fyfe arrives to the Magistrates Court at Southport on the Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Former Dreamworld attractions and entertainment manager Andrew Fyfe arrives to the Magistrates Court at Southport on the Gold Coast. Picture: AAP Image/Dave HuntSource:AAP

The coroner has demanded proof all of Dreamworld’s rides were properly certified up until 2016.

It is expected Andrew Fyfe, who was the attractions and entertainment manager at the time of the incident, will testify for the rest of the day.

Earlier, Mr Fyfe was quizzed on a 2001 incident at the Thunder River Rapids, where almost exactly the same events of October 25, 2016, happened.

Fifteen years before the Thunder River Rapids ride claimed the lives of Cindy Low, Luke Dorsett, Kate Goodchild and Roozi Araghi, a number of empty rafts flipped and were crushed on the conveyor but Dreamworld found the risk of it happening again was “nil”.

In January 2001, a Dreamworld operator starting up the Thunder River Rapids ride became distracted talking to guests, which led to a number of rafts flipping over onto the conveyor.

Photos shown at the inquest revealed the extent of the damage to the ride’s rafts with many of the seats broken and splintered.

The theme park spoke to Workplace Health and Safety over the phone and it was agreed Dreamworld could conduct its own internal investigation into the incident.

The investigation, in its final outcome, found the two problems were that “the operation of start-up procedure was not adhered to” and “the operator did not follow correct emergency response procedure”.

The investigation also asked if the same situation could occur if there were guests on board.

“After review of all the operational procedures, it was concluded that the possibility of this same event occurring with guests on rafts is nil,” the report stated.

The report then went on to list the procedures that should’ve been followed to prevent the accident.

Queensland Emergency service personnel on the scene after four adults died on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled

Queensland Emergency service personnel on the scene after four adults died on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Picture: AAP Image/Dan PeledSource:AAP

In 2014, the harrowing 2001 photos were shared in an email by Bob Tan, a former engineering manager for the theme park.

“I shudder when I think if there had been guests on the rafts,” Mr Tan wrote.

On the stand, Mr Fleming asked Mr Fyfe: “Given this was something under your responsibility, you would’ve preferred to have known about it?”

“Of course,” Mr Fyfe responded.

Earlier, the inquest again heard from external consulting engineer Thomas Polley, who took the stand for a second day.

In a draft report dated October 24, 2016, Mr Polley declared the Thunder River Rapids ride “mechanically and structurally sound”.

Mr Polley emailed Dreamworld’s general manager of engineering Chris Deaves and junior engineer Gen Cruz a day before the tragedy.

“Please find attached my draft report for the annual inspections of your Class 2 devices,” he wrote.

“Please get back to me at your earliest convenience after you have considered my draft report. I will begin sending 13 individual certificate/reports for the 13 Class 2 devices.”

Dreamworld was under pressure to have the Thunder River Rapids certified before the end of September, the date the ride would become unregistered.

Mr Polley told the inquest he was never provided with daily or annual maintenance updates.

The consulting engineer admitted he felt “some professional obligation to Dreamworld to get them out of the awful predicament they were in”.

Mr Hickey asked Mr Polley if he understood he had some “professional obligation” to the general public “to keep them safe”.

“I fully understand that,” he responded.

St. Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

It’s almost February 14th and the time has come to make that fateful decision. Buy a lavish gift or fight for a last minute dinner reservation? Or maybe plan nothing at all and hope your partner does the same? If you’re looking for ideas here are some of our picks for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Under $100

Watercolour Painting and Wine Class — Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast

$49.50 per person

Nothing says romance like art and wine right? Treat yourselves to something new and exciting and take a watercolour painting class with your lover.

 

Scenic Helicopter Flight over Brisbane

$99 per person (sale price)

Give your partner a once in a blue moon chance to enjoy a scenic flight over Brisbane in the latest model Raven 2 R44 helicopter.

 

Valentine’s Day at Gold Class, Event Cinemas

 

Enjoy a luxurious movie night at Event Cinemas Gold Class.

Enjoy a luxurious movie night at Event Cinemas Gold Class.Source:News Corp Australia

$75 per person

Spoil your date with a classic dinner and movie date but this time specially catered for a romantic experience.

 

Summit Valentine’s Day — Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane

Lunch $54.5 per person

Dinner (early) $92.5 per person

Dinner (late) $152.5 per person

Enjoy a magical and romantic dining experience at Brisbane’s highest restaurant.

 

Under $50

Sweetheart Krispy Kreme doughnut delivery

 

Picture: Ellen Smith

Picture: Ellen SmithSource:News Corp Australia

Sweetheart Dozen — $26.95

Sweetheart Pack — $37

Why buy flowers when you have the perfect excuse to buy doughnuts? Nothing says romance like crashing from a sugar rush after eating a dozen delicious doughnuts with your partner.

 

Dessert boxes delivery

Loaded V-Day Brownie — $40

Emergency stash — $45

If your significant other is a fiend for sweets then look no further. Dessert boxes have some unique treats on offer for Valentine’s Day.

 

Sweety’s Treat boxes delivery

Valentine’s Survival Box — $45

Be Mine Box — $45

Oh You Fancy, Huh? Box — $35

Treat your sweetheart to Sweety’s decadent dessert deliveries.

 

Minus 32 box delivery

 

Get your love (or yourself) a delicious delivery from Minus32. Will You Be My Valentine Donut Bouquet, Picture: AAP Image/Richard Walker

Get your love (or yourself) a delicious delivery from Minus32. Will You Be My Valentine Donut Bouquet, Picture: AAP Image/Richard WalkerSource:News Corp Australia

Valentines box — $37

Jam-packed with Nutella, doughnuts and chocolates galore, these doughnut boxes are (almost) too beautiful to eat!

 

Under $25

Gerard Bertrand, Côte des Roses Rosé

$17.90 from Dan Murphy’s

A beautiful rosé with aromas of summer fruits, cassis and floral notes. Not only a delicious drop but the rose-shaped base of the bottle adds the perfect touch for a romantic Valentine’s Day date.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial 200ml

$21.90 from Dan Murphy’s

Treat your love to a taste of one of the world’s favourite Champagnes. The piccolo is a perfect gift for any celebration.

Makeup

 

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Sephora gifts under $25

Mecca gifts under $25

Why not get your makeup-obsessed partner a beauty essential this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day cards

$5 from Typo

$5 from Coles

Say I love you in the silliest way possible with a novelty Valentine’s Day card.

Valentine’s Day plushies

$6 — $20 from Woolworths

$15 from Coles

Gift your Valentine a loved-up plush to say ‘I Love You’ in the cutest way.

The Brisbane businessmen donning high heels

THE pain is excruciating but every year Martin Millard straps on a pair of high heels and walks a kilometre with hundreds of others to help raise funds for violence against women.

“I have a mother, three daughters and a wife, and although it’s not a cause that has specifically affected me or anyone directly related to me, I think when you have so many women in your life, the concept for an empowered, safe female in domestic situations is a big issue,” he said.

Harcourts Foundation ambassador Jo Menken, with Harcourts national manager Jason Luckhardt and managing director Martin Millard. Picture: Liam Kidston.

Harcourts Foundation ambassador Jo Menken, with Harcourts national manager Jason Luckhardt and managing director Martin Millard. Picture: Liam Kidston.Source:News Corp Australia

Managing director of Harcourts Solutions, Mr Millard said when living in rural Queensland, domestic abuse was so prevalent it was the community’s biggest issue.

On Friday, at six locations around Australia including Southbank in Brisbane, hundreds of people will join to “Walk a Mile” in the shoes of those most affected by violence.

The event, organised by the Harcourts Foundation, aims to raise awareness, along with

funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.

Harcourts Homeside principal Patti Steele said property managers often received phone calls from abusive exes trying to track their former partners down.

“It’s awful,” she said. “One woman a week dies as at the hands of a current or former partner – the statistics are shocking.”

Ms Steele said she liked the concept of having men walk in women’s shoes.

“Some of them are terrible at walking in heels but it’s always good for a laugh. I look at some of them and think, ‘You should have just got flats’,” she said.

All funds raised will support White Ribbon’s “Breaking the Silence” primary prevention initiatives in primary and secondary schools.

Baby Beau born in the back seat, minutes from home

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Erin Chaplin with daughter Shelby, 6, and son Beau, 8 weeks, at their home in Peregian Springs. Picture: AAP/Josh WoningSource:News Limited

ERIN Chaplin thought she had hours to get to hospital when she went into labour with her third child, Beau.

She was at Mudjimba Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, just 15 minutes from her Peregian Springs home, when her waters broke.

“I thought: ‘We’ve got plenty of time’ and we went home,” Ms Chaplin recalled.

The 32-year-old had experienced eight to 10-hour labours with both her girls — Jayda, 10, and Shelby, 6 — but Beau had other ideas.

“Things started happening really, really quickly,” Ms Chaplin said. “We got home and I couldn’t even speak because I was in full-on labour.”

Her partner, Asher West, 41, got her back into the car and started driving toward the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Kawana, about 30km away, but they had to stop soon after leaving home so that Ms Chaplin could give birth.

“We didn’t make it out of Peregian Springs,” she said. “We were two minutes from home.”

Ms Chaplin gave birth in the back seat of the car while her partner spoke to paramedics on his mobile phone.

“I just had to focus and get it done,” she said. “I still get all teary thinking about it. It happened so quickly. I still can’t believe it.”

Little Beau, 8 weeks, was born on the side of the road at Peregian Springs. He is pictured with mum Erin Chaplin (right) and sister Shelby, 6 (left). Picture: AAP/Josh Woning

Little Beau, 8 weeks, was born on the side of the road at Peregian Springs. He is pictured with mum Erin Chaplin (right) and sister Shelby, 6 (left). Picture: AAP/Josh WoningSource:News Limited

Beau entered the world just after noon on October 22, weighing a healthy 3.5kg.

“He was perfect,” Ms Chaplin said.

Because of her O-negative blood type, the young mum needed injections of a blood product, known as anti-D, during all three of her pregnancies to protect her babies from potentially harmful antibodies.

She decided to tell the story of Beau’s dramatic entry to the world to encourage people to donate blood during the Christmas/New Year break when stocks can run low.

“It’s a gift to give blood,” said Ms Chaplin, a blood donor herself.

A Blood Service spokeswoman said 1200 blood donations were needed in Queensland between Christmas and New Year to bolster supplies.

 

Residual delays on northside trains lines

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Redcliffe Peninsula train lines have been suspended in both directions causing significant delays after a police incident at around midday.Source:Supplied

Redcliffe Peninsula line trains have resumed in both directions between Bald Hills and Strathpine station due to an earlier police incident. Customers can expect residual delays of up to 30 minutes

Redcliffe Peninsula train lines have been suspended in both directions causing significant delays after a police incident at around midday.

Police have confirmed the lines were closed because of a man on the train tracks near Strathpine Station, with the lines suspended between Bald Hills and Strathpine stations.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Police said police are on the scene, but it is unknown how long it will be before the lines are reopened.

It is believed no one has been hurt in the incident.