Severe weather warning for abnormally high tides and dangerous surf


The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning due to the effects of ex-tropical cyclone Winston, with high tides and dangerous surf expected across the Redlands over the coming days.

Coastal waterways and creeks across the mainlands that are usually calm may be affected and dangerous surf is expected on North Stradbroke Island.

Read the full warning:

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston lies to the northwest of Norfolk Island and will continue tracking in a general westerly direction before most likely shifting northwest into the southern Coral Sea during the weekend.

The system is expected to retain an intense wind structure up until at least Sunday. Winds and waves are expected to increase about southern Queensland beaches south of Sandy Cape on Saturday as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston enters the southern Coral Sea, leading to dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion.

Water levels on the high tide could possibly exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and also Stradbroke and Moreton Islands during tonight and through Saturday.

The system should start to weaken from Sunday, with winds and waves gradually decreasing along the southern Queensland coast.

Surf Life Saving Queensland recommends staying out of the water and well away from surf-exposed areas.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES advises:
– Checking your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
– If near the coastline, stay well away from the water’s edge.
– Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
– Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
– For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Please keep an eye on www.bom.gov.au for updated weather warnings.

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