Lifeguard Chris Steffan on duty at Kellys Beach which is experiencing a higher than usual tidal surge.
Lifeguard Chris Steffan on duty at Kellys Beach which is experiencing a higher than usual tidal surge. Scottie Simmonds BUNBEA

Winds whip up surf on beaches

CYCLONE Yasi was delivering good conditions for surfers in the region yesterday, even though swimmers were being told to take care.

In Agnes Water, surfing instructor Paul White said they were getting a decent swell on the beach yesterday.

Although the lifeguard had closed the beach, he said he did get in a surf yesterday morning.

“We got some pretty good waves, and they might get even bigger,” he said.

However, he said the volume of water on to the beach was very heavy, with a lot of surges and rips making swimming dangerous.

Lady Elliot Island Eco-Resort managing director Peter Gash said although they were watching the weather closely, all that they were feeling on the island was “a nice light breeze”.

“It's overcast because of the high cloud from the cyclone over the top of us.”

“There's also a pretty big swell out there.”

Mr Gash said he was reluctant to say everything was good before the cyclone had crossed the coast and gone away.

In Bundaberg, Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said conditions on the region's beaches were “quite nice”.

He said lifeguards had not closed the beaches, although they had the caution signs out.

“The swell has increased quite dramatically since yesterday,” he said.

“The currents have probably increased because of that.”

Mr Holden said the sea was not very rough, but because of the increased swell swimmers needed to be extremely careful.

“Things could change overnight, though,” he said.

Mr Holden said the beaches were reasonably quiet yesterday, although surfers had been out enjoying the conditions.

However, Bundaberg Regional Council has reminded residents about the severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 12.35pm yesterday.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch urged residents to be aware of the dangerous ocean conditions.

“We would urge all residents to stay well away from the water's edge and for all boats to stay in safe and protected waters,” Cr Pyefinch said.



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