UPDATE @ 11.00AM | A severe weather warning has now been cancelled for the Gold Coast, after tides peaked earlier this morning.
The Bureau had issued a warning for high tides and dangerous surf, ahead of this morning’s king tide – which was expected to exceed the highest of the year.
In combination with dangerous surf, coastal areas were urged to be alert for flooding.
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The Bureau has now cancelled the severe weather warning, with the worst of the conditions behind us for now.
“Tides have now peaked about southeast Queensland and should ease over the next few days,” the most recent update reads.
“Weather Situation: A complex surface low and associated trough are moving across southeast Queensland. This system will continue to track southwestward into NSW while weakening today.
“High tides have now peaked around southeast Queensland this morning.
“Although tides will remain above normal for the next few days, they are no longer expected to significantly exceed the highest astronomical tide of the year.”
While the severe weather warning is now cancelled, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are advising people to:
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
EARLIER @ 6.30AM | Gold Coasters remain on high alert again today, with a fresh severe weather warning issued for high tides and dangerous surf.
While the majority of the wild weather is now over, the Bureau of Meteorology warns flooding could still pose a serious risk.
“A complex surface low and associated trough are moving across southeast Queensland… This system will continue to track southwestward into NSW while weakening today,” BOM said.
Abnormally high tides exceeding the highest tide of the year are once again expected on this morning’s high tide.
While dangerous surf conditions are also expected to continue about exposed beaches, with a hazardous surf warning also in place.
“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas,” the weather bureau said.
As a result of the abnormally high tides and dangerous surf, many beaches across the coast have suffered significant coastal erosion.
Residents are being warned to stay away from beaches again today, which remain shut due to the dangerous conditions.
A shark control drumline at Narrowneck Beach has been dislodged, with Fisheries Queensland urging swimmers and surfers to beware.
Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Michael Mikitis said the drumline is currently in the surf zone in front of Gold Coast City Council lifeguard tower 38.
“Shark control equipment including drumlines that are loose in the water can be very dangerous, especially if someone becomes entangled,” Mr Mikitis said.
“Due to beach erosion and strong tidal surges, it is not possible to put a safety sign at the location of the dislodged drumline to warn the public.
“Fisheries Queensland, Surf Life Saving Queensland and Council lifeguards are closely monitoring the situation and as soon as weather permits, the equipment will be retrieved and relocated.”
It comes after shark control nets at vulnerable beaches on the Gold Coast were removed last week in anticipation of the bad weather conditions.
A flood warning remains in place at Murwillumbah and Chinderah, with “moderate flooding” expected this morning.
However the main concern is for Tumbulgum, which is tipped to experience major flooding around lunchtime.
“Water levels along the Tweed River have responded strongly to the increased rainfall,” BOM said.
“River levels at Tumbulgum are above the minor flood level and are expected to reach the major flood level on Tuesday around noon with the high tide.”
Residents in Currumbin and Tallebudgera are also being told to keep a close eye on water levels, which are predicted to rise as water continues to flow down from the hinterland.