Lifeguard Tenielle Dunkley battles the wind while on duty at Kelly’s Beach.
Lifeguard Tenielle Dunkley battles the wind while on duty at Kelly’s Beach. Max Fleet

Strong winds whip Bundy on weekend

AS winds soared to more than 25 knots on Saturday, Bundaberg's coastline was put on a strong wind warning.

The warning was not lifted until yesterday morning, but beach goers were still feeling the sting of the wind and sand, and numbers were down.

Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said the weather had kept many people away from the surf.

“There were no closed beaches, but it hasn't been a popular weekend at the beach,” he said.

Many who did brave the choppy conditions were from out of town and wanted to experience swimming in the surf – but were careful to stay between the flags.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said winds eased yesterday in the Bundaberg area, but Queensland's south-east corner had gale warnings in place.

“We did have a strong wind warning up around Bundaberg on Saturday and for Sunday morning, but those winds have eased off,” he said.

“We were seeing wind speeds of up to 25 knots and slightly over. Since about midday on Sunday, things have quietened down and we have not seen anything above 20 knots.”

Mr Banks said there was a strong surface trough over the water of south-east Queensland, which would head north, creating more windy weather today.

Mr Banks said people could also expect some rain today and tomorrow.



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