UPDATE @ 7.00AM | Gold Coast Council has confirmed that all beaches are closed to swimmers today, due to the hazardous surf warning in place.
EARLIER @ 5.00AM | The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf warning as Tropical Cyclone Uesi edges closer to the Australian coast.
The category two storm is still sitting around 800km off the coast, tracking southwest at 20km/h tonight. with winds currently stirring at around 100km/h near the centre and gusts of up to 140km/h.
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Uesi is not expected to make landfall in Queensland but the Bureau warns it will bring an increase in swell on the Gold Coast today and in to tomorrow.
“Large and powerful easterly surf and swell conditions are forecast from today into Friday,” The BOM warning reads.
“They are expected be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland advise that:
– People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
– Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
– Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
– Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
– Boaters should remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.
The warning also extends to the Fraser Island Coast and Sunshine Coast Waters.