Three Gold Coast beaches are closed. There is no swimming allowed at Main Beach, near the Sheraton and at Rainbow Bay.
Lifeguards say there is solid swell between 1 1/2 and two metres.
The wind is blowing very strong south to south westerly. At Coolangatta, wind is gusting at 32 kays an hour and 28 at the Seaway.
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They also say it is blown out and quite ugly.