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Qld at risk from Fraser to border

Coastal areas are taking a battering from the severe weather plaguing southeast Queensland and northern NSW. Pictured is the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club clubhouse being battered by the surf.
Coastal areas are taking a battering from the severe weather plaguing southeast Queensland and northern NSW. Pictured is the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club clubhouse being battered by the surf. Debrah Novak
RESIDENTS across south-east Queensland are being warned to stay well away from coastal areas on Saturday, with abnormally high tides, strong winds and damaging waves posing a dangerous risk from the Gold Coast to Fraser Island. 

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said weather conditions are expected to rapidly deteriorate through the course of the day. 

The Bureau of Meteorology advises that very large, strong and extremely dangerous waves are expected to develop along with gale force onshore winds over the waters south of Cape Moreton during the morning, and extend northwards to Sandy Cape in the afternoon and evening.

"Residents in low-lying areas near the coast, particularly in caravan parks, are especially urged to be alert for changing weather conditions," Mr Roberts said.

"I strongly urge people to stay off beach areas today.

"People in exposed areas, as well as canal and protected areas, are advised to exercise extreme caution and stay well away from low-lying areas and avoid eroded beaches and coastline.

"Last night's high tides caused considerable erosion along coastal areas, and today's large waves and gale force onshore winds pose a significant risk.

Damaging wind gusts of up to 120 kilometres an hour may eventuate between the Gold Coast and Fraser Island today, and these winds have the potential to down trees and powerlines.

High tides are expected at 7.21pm on the Sunshine Coast, and 7.32pm on the Gold Coast.

Updated weather reports are also available on the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

For assistance from the SES contact 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies dial triple zero (000). 

How is the wild weather affecting you? Send us photos via email at editorial@finda.com.au.


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