SE Qld and Northen NSW warned to brace for weekend of wild weather

UPDATE @ 3.45pm: A severe weather warning remains in place for people in the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

People in these areas are being warned to prepare for damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf over the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that heavy rain areas should start contracting southeast during Saturday morning as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane from mid-afternoon, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.


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Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible in coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim near and south of the surface trough on Saturday.

Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year with shark nets currently being removed from southeast Queensland beaches due to dangerous surf.

All Gold Coast beaches will be closed on Saturday due to the wild weather with residents urged to stay away from the water.

A Flood Watch is current for southeast Queensland from Fraser Island to the NSW-QLD border extending inland to include the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre Rivers.

Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Stanthorpe and Caboolture.

EARLIER @ 11.00am: A severe weather warning remains in place for people in the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology says that a strong upper trough will move east into the southern interior of Queensland today, shifting into southeast Queensland on Saturday, before moving off the southern coast during Sunday.

The Bureau is warning of damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf.

BOM predicts that the heavy rain areas should start contracting southeast during Saturday morning as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane from mid-afternoon, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible in coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim near and south of the surface trough on Saturday.

Water levels on the high tide on Saturday night and Sunday morning are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year, with shark control nets across South East Queensland being removed from the water due to dangerous sea conditions.

A Flood Watch is current for southeast Queensland from Fraser Island to the NSW-QLD border extending inland to include the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre Rivers.

Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Stanthorpe and Caboolture.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:00 pm.

PHOTO: BOM

PHOTO: BOM

UPDATE @ 8.45am: People in Southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales are being warned to prepare for a weekend of wild weather due to a developing East Coast Low.

A severe weather warning has been issued this morning for people in the Southeast Coast and parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology says that a strong upper trough will move east into the southern interior of Queensland today, shifting into southeast Queensland on Saturday, before moving off the southern coast during Sunday.

The Bureau is warning of damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf.

People have been advised to avoid surfing, swimming and rock fishing.

Officer in Charge, Senior Sgt Edden from Brisbane Water Police has issued a severe weather message, urging people to “stay home this weekend and maybe catch up on that outstanding maintenance” instead of heading out into the water.

“We’re urging boaties to take care if you’re heading out in the water this weekend,” Senior Sgt Edden said.

“This type of weather is unusual at this time of year and i’m urging people who are out in the water to make sure they have taken all of the required safety precautions.”

“Everyone on your boat should have a life jacket available and make sure all of your safety equipment, such as flares and radio, are up to date and working correctly.

“Checking weather conditions and ensuring you have the right safety gear could save your life and the lives of the people on your boat.”

“With a weather warning currently in place, my recommendation is to consider staying home this weekend and maybe catch up on that outstanding maintenance.”

Water levels on the high tide are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold coast on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the high tide Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 90km/h, are possible near coastal areas and about the Scenic Rim as the surface trough or low develops on Saturday.

A Flood Watch is current for southeast Queensland from Fraser Island to the NSW-QLD border extending inland to include the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre Rivers.

Locations which may be affected include Hervey Bay, Warwick, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Maroochydore, Gympie, Stanthorpe and Caboolture.

PHOTO: BOM

PHOTO: BOM

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.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* 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

EARLIER: People in Southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales are being warned to prepare for a weekend of wild weather due to a developing East Coast Low.

If you’re planning to spend the weekend at the beach you may wish to reschedule with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting widespread falls in the range of 20-80mm for inland areas for both States beginning tomorrow, with possible thunderstorms.

Acting Queensland Regional Director Bruce Gunn said rainfall will increase to a range of 50 to 150mm in coastal regions of southeast Queensland and northern NSW with the heaviest falls in these areas expected on Saturday afternoon.

“With events like this, localised falls in excess of 250mm are possible, particularly in coastal areas and at elevation including the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and ranges extending south into NSW,” he said.

With a King Tide expected and huge seas creating dangerous surf conditions, significant coastal inundation and beach erosion is likely.

People have been advised to avoid surfing, swimming and rock fishing with dangerous surf conditions predicted.

A Flood Watch has been issued today for Queensland and NSW rivers,.

For further information. Including Flood and Weather Warnings, and rainfall and radar information, go to the Bureau’s website www.bom.gov.au.