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Severe Weather Warning (Abnormally High Tides And Dangerous Surf) for parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast

2 JANUARY 2022 04:17 EST

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Weather Warning 
for Abnormally High Tides And Dangerous Surf

for parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:17 am Sunday, 2 January 2022.

HIGH TIDES WELL ABOVE THE ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDE LEVEL AND DANGEROUS SURF ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST TODAY

Weather Situation
Tropical Cyclone Seth is generating increasing seas and swell across southeastern Queensland, coinciding with an astronomical peak in high tides over the next few days.
ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and DANGEROUS SURF for the following areas:
Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast
Water levels on the high tide may exceed the highest astronomical tide (HAT) of the year by around 0.5m at some southeast locations this morning including the Brisbane area.
 Tide levels are forecast to increase further on Monday and Tuesday, with many locations at risk of high tides greater than 0.5m above HAT. Conditions should begin to ease on Wednesday.
 Increasing seas and swells are expected from this afternoon, with easterly swell combining with strong to gale winds to generate deep water wave heights at or above 4m. This is likely to generate DANGEROUS SURF conditions along the exposed southeast coast from this afternoon through Monday and Tuesday, and in conjunction with ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES could lead to COASTAL EROSION about exposed beaches.
 Wave heights and dangerous surf are expected to ease from Tuesday afternoon or evening, depending on the position and intensity of Tropical (or ex-Tropical) Cyclone Seth. Note that there is a separate Hazardous Surf Warning current for the Sunshine and Fraser Island Coasts, which will extend into the Gold Coast waters this afternoon.
 Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Noosa Heads, Cleveland and Redcliffe.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
 * Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
 * Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
 * If near the coastline, stay well away from the water's edge.
 * Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
 * Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
 * For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Sunday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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