Torrential rain hits Brisbane before the NRL Magic Round

Torrential rains continue to fall on Brisbane before the Magic Round, NRL’s footy festival at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane received a month of rain one day before the Magic Round, which kicks off Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

The Wivenhoe Dam, the main water source for Brisbane, has more than 100% capacity after days of heavy rain and the Bureau of Meteorology has warned locals to expect a flood of the Brisbane River downstream to the west. of Brisbane.

Brisbane received 67.7mm of rain until 9am on Friday – in excess of the city’s May average (61.1mm) – leaving CityCat ferries and services suspended.

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The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for South East Queensland on Friday morning, but updated its warning just before noon to exclude Brisbane.

However, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, moderate to locally heavy falls could lead to flash flooding in Brisbane on Friday.

A very high probability of rain is also forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Bad weather could create problems for the NRL: this weekend, eight games will be played on the same ground, Suncorp Stadium, as part of the Magic Round.

Brisbane weather reporter Justin Noonan said the stadium’s playing surface could be damaged by the end of the weekend.

“The ground crew has a huge challenge on their hands. It drains well but will be chopped badly by Sunday evening, “he wrote on social media.

Ground staff at Suncorp Stadium typically prepare for the Magic Round weeks in advance, and the stadium is equipped with four large water tanks on site to collect rainwater.

Earlier this week, NRL football chief Graham Annesley said he was confident the ground would hold up.

“It’s a great place up there with one of the best drainage systems in the game,” he said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reassured Queenslanders that the Wivenhoe Dam was not yet close to the levels it reached in February, when Brisbane recorded 887mm of rain for the month.

“Wivenhoe is 110%. In February it was 185 percent, so there is still a lot of space available for flood storage, ”she said.

“They’ve had some controlled releases and will actually stop it in the next short period of time when we see those big river rises.”

Originally published as Brisbane reports a month of rain in the day before the Magic Round