UPDATE @ 10.00AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed Tropical Cyclone Linda has now been downgraded to a subtropical low as it continues to track towards the Queensland coast.
The Bureau confirmed that at 9.00am Wednesday, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda was located in the Coral Sea around 630 km east northeast of Gladstone and 760 km north northeast of Brisbane.
“The system is expected to move generally to the southwest during today before
taking on a more southerly track on Thursday, and is expected to remain
offshore of the southern Queensland coast,” the Bureau warned.
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Despite the system losing some of its intensity, coastal areas will continue to be battered by strong to gale force winds as well as dangerous surf conditions.
“At its closest approach to the coast, the remains of Tropical Cyclone Linda will generate large waves and dangerous surf conditions about exposed southern Queensland beaches.
“Tides are also expected to be higher than normal, particularly on Thursday morning’s high tide.”
Earlier @ 07.30AM: Gale force winds, dangerous surf and abnormally high tides are expected to smash the Gold Coast today and tomorrow as Tropical Cyclone Linda edges closer to the Queensland coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that at 4.00am Wednesday, Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Linda was located in the Coral Sea about 760km east northeast of Gladstone and 850km northeast of Brisbane.
“Tropical cyclone Linda is expected to transition to a subtropical low early today as it continues to move into a less favourable environment,” the weather bureau said in a statement.
“The system will most likely shift to the southwest during today before taking on a more southerly track on Thursday and is expected to remain offshore of the southern Queensland coast.”
City of Gold Coast confirmed that all Gold Coast beaches have been closed today with a Hazardous Surf Warning for Queensland currently in place.
“Gale force winds over offshore waters across the southern flank of the low are expected to produce large east to southeasterly swells along exposed parts of the southern Queensland coast during today and Thursday,” the bureau warned.
“This will combine with high tides to cause hazardous conditions.”
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The weather bureau said water levels are expected to exceed the highest tide of the year along the open beaches during this morning.
“However, on Thursday morning, tides are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year, with inundation of low-lying areas possible on the high tide,” they said.
The large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing, with people being urged to stay out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.