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Warnings as heavy rain strikes east Australia

Will Chamber and Cooper Cronk inspect the field before the Trans-Tasman Test match between the Australia Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium on 1 May 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The heavy rain led to the Australia-New Zealand rugby league match in Brisbane being postponed

Severe weather warnings are in place in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of strong winds, heavy surf and the possibility of flash floods.

The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palasczuk advised people to stay indoors if they could.

The bad weather comes barely a week since storms battered New South Wales, killing four people.

The bureau warned of winds peaking at 100km/h (62mph) on Friday night along the coast.

The weather is expected to intensify as it moves south, before moving off the coast on Sunday.

Friday's rugby league test match between Australia and New Zealand was called off hours before kick off.

The game was rescheduled for Sunday. It is the first time since 1948 that a league match has been postponed because of weather.

Dam release 'likely'

Ten dams operated by Seqwater in southeast Queensland are spilling over, the water agency said.

Massive flooding struck areas in and around Brisbane in 2011, with 38 people killed and more than 30,000 properties swamped.

Then, the authorities faced questions about why waters in the Wivenhoe dam, west of Brisbane, were not reduced in preparation for the flooding.

The dam was 98% full on Friday. Seqwater said it was monitoring levels and that it would likely release water from Wivenhoe and another dam on Friday night or Saturday morning, according to the Queensland Times.

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