Abnormally high tides, dangerous surf forecast for south-east Queensland coast this weekend

Exposed beaches between the Sunshine and Gold coasts could experience their highest tides of the year this weekend as ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston whips up dangerous surf for south-east Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a severe weather warning for abnormally high tides and dangerous surf as Winston makes it way north-west into the southern Coral Sea.

The warning extends from Fraser Island down to the New South Wales border.

BoM said water levels on the high tide could possibly exceed the highest tide of the year around exposed beaches of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Stradbroke Island, and Moreton Islands on Friday and Saturday night.

Gold Coast City acting chief lifeguard Chris Maynard said of the region's 41 beaches, five were closed today.

"The forecast is saying the swell will intensify on Friday, so we will make a call in the morning to see what beaches we can open," Mr Maynard said.

"It is just the northern beaches - which is open to the easterly swell and are more exposed – are more at risk of closing."

Mr Maynard said Saturday could bring widespread closures.

"It is highly likely that if we get this swell, as predicted, all Gold Coast beaches will be closed."

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

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • 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 drain
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

Surf Life Saving Australia has recommended people stay out of the water and well away from surf-exposed areas

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