QLD Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology


For people in parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:44 am Friday, 22 February 2019.

Abnormally high tides, dangerous surf, and damaging winds expected about the southeast Queensland coast and islands
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Weather Situation: At 10am AEST Friday, tropical cyclone Oma (category 1) was situated over the southern Coral Sea, approximately 640 kilometres east-northeast of Brisbane. Oma is expected to continue moving in a general southerly direction during today, before turning back to the north sometime over the weekend.

Dangerous surf conditions are forecast about exposed beaches along the southeast Queensland coast south of Sandy Cape, including the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, today. These conditions are expected to continue over the weekend.

Water levels on the high tide are likely to continue to exceed the highest tide of the year about the southeast Queensland coast over the coming days.

This has the potential to be a significant beach erosion event given the combination of the increasing surf, abnormally high tides and the fact that these conditions should persist for a few days.

Locally damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 kilometres per hour are likely about the exposed coast and islands between Sandy Cape and the Qld/NSW border today and Saturday. These damaging wind gusts may extend to the southern border ranges, inland to about Springbrook, later today.

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island, Noosa Heads, Caloundra, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook.

113km/h wind gust recorded at Cape Moreton at 8:24am AEST Friday.

109km/h wind gust recorded at Double Island Point at 5:38am AEST Friday.

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.
* 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.
* 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.


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