Sandbagging has begun in Redlands
SOUTHEAST Queensland beaches could be pounded with four-metre waves in coming days as a tropical low sweeps past.
But forecasters don’t believe the weather system will strengthen into a cyclone and it’s not even expected to dump much rain.
At about 4am this morning, a tropical low was located over the eastern Coral Sea, 1300km northeast of the Sunshine Coast and will keep tracking south.
But none of the models used by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest it will become a cyclone and while it’s expected to come close to the southeast Queensland coast, it should remain offshore.
Forecaster Dean Narramore said the worst effects would be high and possible gale-force winds and large swells that could cause beach erosion.
The Bureau of Meteorology predict dangerous surf conditions will develop during tomorrow morning along the east coast of Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast, and then move southwards to the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon.
High tides on Wednesday and Thursday could cause some inundation in low-lying areas prone to flooding but BoM forecaster Dean Narramore says the system is unlikely to bring much rain to the southeast.
“Most of the heavy rainfall will be offshore. Coastal areas could see quite a few showers but no widespread heavy rain,” he said.
Bayside Brisbane residents have been issued urgent advice about preparing for wild conditions as the southeast braces for a possible cyclone.
“We’ve seen these east coat lows affect our city back in the days of (cyclones) Oswald and Debbie. If you can get ahead of the game, it’s a good idea,” Redlands Mayor Karen Williams told ABC radio this morning.
Four sandbagging stations will open today.
A Redland City Council spokesman said the disaster management group had “erred on the side of caution” due to “general uncertainty” around the east coast low.
Take advantage of sandbagging stations in Redland City and prepare for the heavy rainfall expected later this week.
Self-service sandbag stations will open on Tuesday 13 March and Wednesday 14 March from 10am to 6pm (weather permitting) at:
*Cleveland – Cleveland Showgrounds (Norm Price Park), Long Street, Cleveland
*North Stradbroke Island – Outside the Council Depot on Mitchell Crescent, Dunwich
*Macleay Island – Outside the Council Depot on Scarborough Terrace.
*Russell Island – Waste Transfer Station at Davidson Road
Sand, sand bags and shovels will be supplied.
More information here