Flash flooding warning after 140mm in three hours
UPDATE 8.30AM: Authorities are warning of flash flooding on the Sunshine Coast as an extreme deluge smashes parts of the region.
A severe thunderstorm warning remains active for the Coast with heavy rainfall centred on the hinterland.
More than 140mm has fallen at Pomona in just three hours.
The area currently most under threat is northwest of Noosa Heads.
7.30AM: A severe thunderstorm warning has been activated for the Sunshine Coast with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of heavy rainfall over the next several hours.
The warning was activated at 7.22am, with the BOM warning of thunderstorms with heavy rainfall over the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Almost 10mm has fallen in Nambour and Beerburrum this morning while steady rain along the coast has seen 3mm fall at the Sunshine Coast Airport since 1am.
Up to 80mm of rain is possible on the Sunshine Coast today, with the threat of thunderstorms over the next 24 hours.
Further north, Tropical Cyclone Owen, dubbed a "zombie" cyclone, may reform off the Queensland coast after unloading wild winds and up to 200mm of torrential rain across the state's far north.
Two isolated aboriginal townships "dodged a bullet" as the Category 3 cyclone veered south early on Saturday to hit the sparsely populated western part of Cape York.
Cyclone Owen still packed a punch in its compact core - just 30km wide in the most destructive eye - with 120km/h winds and dumping 200mm of rain in two hours in parts.
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it was one of the best-case scenarios emergency services had seen in a long time, but warned of heavy rainfall and flash flooding that could still follow.
"Please do not be complacent, particularly in that northeast tropics area where the rain will continue," Ms Carroll said.
"As always, if it's flooding forget it. And as always, listen to your warnings."
There was a 50 per cent chance of Owen again spinning back up into a cyclone in the Coral Sea off Townsville on Tuesday.
Yesterday, rough seas saw surf lifesavers perform multiple rescues of swimmers on the Sunshine Coast, including five children who were pulled from the water by a lifesaving jetski.
"Parents need to be with their child at all times in the water," a spokesman said. "Lifeguards are not babysitters."