Brace for severe weather in the south east

UPDATE:  A fresh severe weather warning has been issued for dangerous beach conditions and damaging winds on the Gold Coast.

A low pressure system situated approximately 160 kilometres east of the Cape Moreton is expected to maintain its intensity and move to the northeast at about 25 km/h during Thursday.

A high pressure system in the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the south eastern Australian coast. The combination of these two systems will lead to increasing winds and waves over south eastern Queensland.


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Damaging wind gusts to around 90 km/h are possible about far eastern parts of the Southeast Coast district, most likely about the exposed coast, islands and southern ranges.

These conditions are expected to ease during the evening. Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected to develop about the southern coast and Islands south of Sandy Cape during Thursday, easing a little late in the evening.

EARLIER:  According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Gold Coast is in for gale force winds of up to 90km/h and dangerous surf..

A low pressure system situated approximately 150km due east of the southeast QLD coast is expected to deepen and move slowly to the northeast during today.

A high pressure system in the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the southeastern Australian coast. The combination of these two systems will lead to increasing winds and waves over southeastern Queensland during today.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected to develop during the early hours of this morning about the southern coast and Islands south of Sandy Cape, easing late this evening.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90km/h are likely to develop during the early hours of this morning about the Southeast Coast district, particularly about the coast and southern ranges, easing during the early afternoon.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Coolangatta, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and islands, Noosa, Fraser Island, Beenleigh, Caboolture and Caloundra.

Wind gusts of approximately 80km/h have been observed at Yamba on the northern NSW coast.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
* Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:10 am.

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