A severe weather warning has been issued for parts of the Gold Coast hinterland, with damaging winds expected this afternoon and Friday morning.
Areas including Springbrook and Numinbah Valley will likely be affected, with gusts of wind exceeding 90km/h.
Residents in the area are being urged to stay away from trees and secure loose items as soon as possible.
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The Weather Bureau says the gusts are caused by a weather system in the Tasman Sea.
“A deepening low pressure system in the Tasman Sea is slowly moving south while a strong high pressure system remains dominant over the Great Australian Bight,” the Bureau warns.
“The combination of these two systems will strengthen southerly winds across the Border Ranges overnight.”
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.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.