Fatal storm slams Australia's east coast

A car drives through a flooded road in Brisbane (AAP)
A car drives through a flooded road in Brisbane (AAP)

Two people are dead and five have been injured as a result of wild weather in Queensland and New South Wales on Australia's east coast.

Fatal storm slams Australia's east coast

A large fig tree is seen toppled over at the beer garden of the Normanby Hotel in Brisbane (AAP)

According to News.com.au, the extreme weather system contributed to a horror smash which killed a man and woman near Ipswich, west of Brisbane and was also a factor in a separate crash at Woodlands, south of Gatton where the five people were injured.

The storm stretches more than 2000km across the two states and a flood warning has been issued for the entire New South Wales coastline.

Meteorologists at the Bureau of Meteorology say the severe weather warning issued for the New South Wales coast may be the first in 30 years, and authorities have warned the weather may escalate for Newcastle and Sydney, with winds of up to 125km/h and 200mm of rain forecast.

Fatal storm slams Australia's east coast

A flooded car park at the Toombul shopping centre in Brisbane (AAP)

The NSW State Emergency Service told News.com.au it had received around 300 emergency calls for assistance early yesterday morning -- mostly from the state's northern areas.

The state has opened a public information and inquiry centre to provide up-to-date information on the weather and flooding throughout the state.

Acting assistant commissioner Kyle Stewart urged the public not to put their lives, or the lives of emergency services workers in danger.

"We are going to experience over the next 48 hours increased rainfall and heavy winds -- the public needs to take care in these conditions."

In Queensland, beaches on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast have been closed due to high winds and seas, and 220mm of rain fell over Upper Springbok by yesterday morning.

Two hundred calls for help were received in Queensland as 2500 homes went without power.