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Qld storm damage bill still not finalised

By AAP Newswire

The Queensland government is working to determine how much assistance is needed for homes and farms in the wake of fierce storms which ripped through parts of the state's southeast.

The damage bill from Thursday's storms is still being assessed but is expected to be hefty, with crops wiped out, animals killed and roofs torn from homes.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the actual cost of the weather event was becoming apparent as more properties reported their damage.

"The department of agriculture is sending representatives out there to go and assess that damage and then (property owners) will be able to access some funding," the premier said on Sunday.

The areas worst hit by the storm, from Kingaroy and Gympie to the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay regions, had a reprieve from the rain on Sunday, with only low totals recorded.

An offshore low off the coast of southeast Queensland did not make landfall on Sunday, meaning rainfall totals across the region were below forecasts.

Every Gold Coast beach and a handful on the Sunshine Coast were closed on Sunday due to the conditions.

The weather bureau said the rain was expected to continue on Monday across the southeast, however would continue to weaken, with sunny conditions expected later in the week.

Brisbane recorded its coldest October day for 30 years on Saturday, and took the unusual distinction of being the coldest capital city in the country.