Carnage along Queensland, NSW coast linked to La Niña and climate change

Waterfront homes at Scarborough in the Moreton Bay region being lashed by wild weather and big swells.
15 December 2020

A violent storm is expected to continue lashing across 1000 kilometres of Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, with climate experts warning more extreme weather events are yet to come.

Since the arrival of heavy rain and abnormally high tides on Saturday, ferocious weather has been smashing buildings and flooding waterways and roads across southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales.

Most of the destruction has been centred on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay regions, where dozens of beaches remain closed and coastal residents are bracing for homes and businesses to become further damaged on Tuesday morning.

Already, dozens of coastal towns have been battered by 100km/h winds and days of rain topping 400 millimetres in some places.

Yet even more rain is forecast.

Read the full article on The New Daily website, featuring commentary by Prof Will Steffen