- Friday 26 February 2016
The Sunshine Coast can expect dangerous surf conditions, intense winds and abnormally high tides this weekend – and beachgoers are asked to be cautious.
The dangerous conditions come as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston moves from northeast of Norfolk Island to the southern Coral Sea.
Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan asked people to be extremely cautious of the conditions.
“Water levels on the high tide could possibly exceed the highest tide of the year and beach erosion is likely,” Mr Ryan said.
“We know that there is some hype around the big surf this weekend, but these conditions can be extremely dangerous. Powerful surf and rips may develop, so we ask that people consider their safety first.
“Swim between the flags, don't take unnecessary risks, and be mindful that powerful surf can cause serious injury.
“Dunes can collapse also when large surf undercuts them, so please ensure children stay well away from the foredunes for their safety.
“This weather system should start to weaken from Sunday, with winds and waves gradually decreasing along the southern Queensland coast.”
Normal beach and surf conditions are expected to return early next week.
Visit council's Disaster Hub website for weather related warnings and advice including road closures.