Weather Warnings - Severe Weather Warning

Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland Regional Office


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SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and DANGEROUS SURF
For people in parts of the
Wide Bay and Burnett and
Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:46 pm Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Headline:
Dangerous surf conditions are expected about the Queensland coast south of Sandy
Cape. Abnormally high tides are expected on the Gold Coast during Friday.

Synoptic Situation:
At 5pm EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located about 100km west of Kingaroy.
The system is expected to continue moving southeastwards over southeast
Queensland during Thursday afternoon and evening. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is
then expected to move off the far southeast coast overnight. Ex-Tropical Cyclone
Debbie is likely to develop off the southeast coast during Friday and only
slowly move eastwards away from the Queensland coast during the weekend.

An area of sustained gales currently over the southern Capricornia and Fraser
Coast is expected to move southwards along the southern coast of Queensland
through the remainder of Thursday and overnight. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will
move offshore during Thursday night into Friday morning and will maintain
southerly gales over waters south of Double Island Point through Friday and
Saturday morning. Winds offshore over Gold Coast waters could increase to storm
force intensity during Friday as the system moves offshore.

Impacts:
Dangerous surf conditions are likely to produce significant beach erosion over
coastal parts of southeast Queensland for the rest of today and during Friday.
Abnormally high tides are likely about beachfront areas south of Cape Moreton on
the high tides during Friday.

Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast,
Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Fraser Island.





Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* 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.


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire
and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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