THE latest severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology has reaffirmed the threat of damaging winds, but narrowed the area affected.

As of 9.14am, the BOM is expecting gusts of up to 90kmh, although these are to calm this evening.

The areas affected include the Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Moreton Bay islands, Noosa and Fraser Island.

Ipswich, Brisbane and Caboolture were not mentioned in the latest update.

The BOM is also forecasting dangerous surf conditions along the coastline and on islands south of the Sandy Cape.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.


EARLIER: BOM warns of dangerous weather from Gold Coast to Gympie

A SEVERE weather warning has been released by the Bureau of Meteorology telling of potentially dangerous winds along coastal areas from the Gold Coast to Gympie.

According to the alert released at 5.07am, "damaging winds" of up to 90kmh were expected to develop in the early hours of today.

The Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Brisbane, Caboolture and Gold Coast were to be at risk.

The Bureau of Meteorology told the ABC that the strong winds were expected to hit  the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay more than the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast could expect winds of 60 to 70km/h which are not expected to do significant damage.

Across the Sunshine Coast, beaches remained opened but lifesavers said they could be closed this afternoon.

Beaches on the Gold Coast were closed due to the heavy swells.

At Alexandra Headland, on the Sunshine Coast, scores of surfers were making the most of the conditions but the swell had dropped from yesterday.

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Surf Lifesaving Australia is recommending swimmers stay out of the water.

Wind gusts of 80kmh have been recorded on the northern New South Wales coast.

The next update from the BOM is due at 11.10am


It follows a wide-ranging BOM alert for much of south-east Queensland on Wednesday afternoon, when Toowoomba, Gympie and parts of the Sunshine Coast were hit with hailstorms.


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