Coastal areas from K’gari (Fraser Island) to northern New South Wales can expect strong waves and dangerous winds in the coming days as the former tropical cyclone Seth continues to sit off the Queensland coast.
- Cyclonic waves coincide with the tide of southeastern Queensland
- All Gold Coast beaches were closed on Monday
- Wild surf has cut a canal through part of Bribie Island
All beaches were closed on the Gold Coast Monday morning while dangerous conditions continued.
The system turned into a cyclone on New Year’s Eve, but was downgraded to a tropical low overnight.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts Helen Reid said its impact had coincided with the royal tide in southeastern Queensland, making surfing conditions even more treacherous.
“It has moved to a subtropical system, which has slightly different characteristics, but the intensity has not decreased,” Ms Reid said.
“It’s still a weather system that we have to be very careful about, and yes, it still creates a difficult situation along quite a stretch of coastline that stretches from K’gari Island and down the border into New South Wales.”
Mrs Reid said gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour could be expected along the coast and further inland along the Scenic Rim, while most rain from the system was expected to hit northern New South Wales.
Most beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coasts were also closed on Sunday.
Eight children were rescued by volunteer surf lifeguards at Currumundi Beach on the Sunshine Coast after a massive swell turned what is usually a calm estuary into deep and fast-moving waters.
Visibly frustrated lifeguards pulled the kids out of the water after ignoring repeated warnings, with a cluster clinging to flimsy bodyboards.
Members of the public jumped into the treacherous water to help the volunteers.
Sonya Gelman witnessed the rescue and described it as incredible.
The beach was closed with large swells, royal tides and strong winds hitting the area.
Surf Life Saving Queensland has urged people to avoid beaches with red flags.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll urged people at the beaches to stay out of the water if the beaches were closed.
“I spent a few days down the Gold Coast the last two, three days, and the beaches were all closed – and still the crowd of people in the water was extraordinary, with surfers constantly driving up and down the beaches to tell people. that came out, “said Commissioner Carroll.
“Then I must please ask you to listen to the authorities that when they say the beaches are closed, they are closed.”
The wildfire has broken through to cut off part of Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.
On the Sunshine Coast, the main tourist beaches at Maroochydore and Mooloolaba also remained closed on Monday.
On the southern Gold Coast, the oceans reached heights of up to 6.5 meters at Palm Beach early Monday morning.
Currumbin surf club floods, system movement uncertain
The parking lot of the popular Currumbin Beach surf club flooded after the great sea one experienced on the Gold Coast.
A large shipping container at the club was moved from one side of the parking lot out onto the beach by the incoming tide.
A crane is called in to move the container.
It is still unclear whether the weather system will land and, if so, where it will hit.
“It’s just expected to drift a little further west in the coming days and is also expected to weaken a bit. And with that, as it moves a little further west, it’s possible it will cross the Queensland coast,” Ms Reid said .
“We do not know exactly where, but hopefully people will be ready for it.”
More than 500 sandbags have been issued on the Gold Coast over the weekend to help with local floods.
Many people are gathered in places along the Gold Coast to watch the big waves roll in.
Building ‘extreme’ heatwave conditions
The weather system is also expected to bring thunderstorms through the north and into the Gulf country.
“We expect heatwave conditions to continue to evolve and become more intense and extreme throughout much of Queensland over the coming days,” Reid said.
“In the northern parts, we expect extreme heat wave conditions to occur.
“We’re looking at temperatures that will be well above the 40s.”
Mount Isa is expected to reach a peak of 43 degrees Celsius today, with most parts of the central west and northwest above 40C.