At least 10 people have died after storms battered Australia’s east coast.

Amid the Christmas festivities, there's been a series of tragedies across Australia's east coast due to wild weather.

Severe storms have been smashing the east coast across parts of NSW, Victoria and largely Queensland.

Multiple people have died as a result, including a young girl who was just nine years old. Here's what we know.

Watch: the wild storms captured. Post continues below.

Video via ABC.

On Christmas evening, a 59-year-old woman from Nerang was killed by a falling tree at Helensvale on the Gold Coast. She sustained head injuries after her car was hit by a tree.

On Boxing Day, a Victorian man died after being hit by a tree branch on his property in the Gippsland region. The area had been battered by thunderstorms and flash flooding. Victoria's State Emergency Service responded to more than 1,000 assistance requests over three days.

The man was 44 years old. Police are now preparing a report for the coroner.

Also in regional Victoria, a woman died after her campground was hit by flash flooding. She was found deceased by emergency workers on Tuesday night. On Wednesday afternoon, the body of a man who police believe was camping with the woman was found in Buchan, in Victoria's east Gippsland region.


On the same day, there were additional deaths in Queensland.

Nine-year-old Mia Holland-McCormack, who her father's cousin Tamara described as "severely autistic", was killed on Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, she had jumped a fence at her home just before another storm hit the area which swept her into a flooded storm-water drain in the south Brisbane suburb of Rochedale.

Mia Holland-McCormack, aged nine. Image: GoFundMe.

Her body was located following an extensive search. Queensland police later released a statement saying the family are "requesting privacy at this difficult time", and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the grieving family. The police added they do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Police said: "The young child went missing behind some properties and obviously our swift water rescue teams attended and a short time later we found the young girl deceased some way down from where she went into the water, so tragic circumstances."


Police then located the bodies of three men after a 12-metre boat capsized just south of Green Island in Moreton Bay. Two of the men have been identified as teacher Stephen Tait, 59, and local rugby identity David Logan, 69. The third man was 48.

There had been 11 people on board the boat celebrating Boxing Day in the waters near Brisbane. Emergency services are still conducting a large-scale operation, trying to locate a final person who remains unaccounted for from the boat. 

David Logan, left, and Stephen Tait, right. Images: Facebook

 In Gympie, a 40-year-old woman was found deceased in the Mary River.

The woman was one of three swept into the water by the Kidd Bridge. One woman, a 46-year-old, managed to get to safety. The body the third woman, also 46, was recovered around midday in the Gympie weir.

Along with the deceased, there are numerous people still missing with authorities concerned for their welfare. Aussies have been sharing footage amid the storms and the aftermath.

@maddyparnell Hopeful that everyone is okay 🙏🏽 Side note: Not cyclone Jasper. This occurred in Springfield and surrounding suburbs #queenslandweather #storm #australia #fyp ♬ Down Under (feat. Colin Hay) - Luude
@theartofbeingdave Parts of Sale 3850 are under water after heavy rains overnight. I can see why the towns original name was Flooding Creek. #Gippsland #Australia #christmas2023 ♬ Titanic - Titanic Last night’s storm left a serious trail of destruction through South East Queensland and residents will need our support as the cleanup gets underway. #queensland #goldcoast #storm #fyp ♬ original sound - David Crisafulli

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said these incidents had occurred during a period of "extraordinarily difficult weather" and urged people in affected regions to listen to authorities and stay out of dangerous areas.

"It has been a very tragic 24 hours due to the weather," she noted.

On Christmas Day alone the storms left more than 120,000 households without power and some were still cut off with more than 800 power lines down across the south east.

The Bureau of Meteorology said some further severe thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday around central and northern parts of the Queensland coast, and potentially reaching south to Brisbane. Conditions are expected to ease by Wednesday afternoon. 

As for Victoria, the SES state agency commander Alistair Drayton said the weather was beginning to ease and "we're certainly past the worst of it", but warned of continued flooding.

For Queensland in particular who are dealing with the majority of the power outages, officials have said to hang tight.

"There's been hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes and that's done very significant damage to our energy and power network across the south-east," said Queensland's deputy premier, Cameron Dick.

"And it's going to take some time to put that power system back together and to get the power back on. But we're just asking all impacted by this to stay safe first of all, and to be calm and patient."

With AAP.

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