Roads closed as Sunshine Coast is drenched

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(AAP Image/Dan Peled)

A severe weather warning has been issued for dangerous surf along the southern Queensland coast and almost 50 roads have been closed on the Sunshine Coast as heavy rain hammers the state's southeast.

But no reports of major damage or injury have been received by the Sunshine Coast Council, a spokeswoman told AAP on Thursday.

About 200mm of torrential rain has already fallen across the region through Thursday morning and a further 200mm is expected along the Sunshine Coast and a whopping 400mm in the hinterland.

The rain has caused 46 roads to be closed, with many flooded and debris making some too dangerous to use.

"We expect road conditions to be hazardous, with water over local low-lying roads, and tree and vegetation damage, so please stay off the roads if you can," the Sunshine Coast Council warned in a statement.

According to the spokeswoman, most businesses have heeded the state government's advice to close by midday and while there was a lull in the weather, locals are bracing for more wild weather in the afternoon.

"With the Bureau of Meteorology now advising increased rainfall predictions for the Sunshine Coast, council is urging the community to avoid unnecessary travel and never drive through flood waters," the council said in a statement.

"Flash flooding is very likely so people need to be prepared."

Sandbags are being collected from six SES depots across the area.

Some flights have been delayed but the Sunshine Coast Airport remains open.

© AAP 2017

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