South east braces for wild weather, possible cyclone

As the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) monitored a severe weather system which could form into a cyclone, south east Queensland coast residents have been urged to prepare themselves and their families.

Courier Mail reported residents have been told to brace themselves for dangerous surf conditions between Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday, and a possible cyclone. The system would also bring higher tides on Wednesday morning.

At 4am Tuesday, BOM reported the tropical low was located over the eastern Coral Sea, 1300km northeast of the Sunshine Coast, and would keep tracking south.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said as strong winds, high tides and wild weather edged closer, home owners needed to ensure they had properly prepared.

“With the severe warning that’s currently in place, there’s every chance a cyclone could form off the coast – residents need to make sure they’re ready for anything,” Ms Clinton said.

“It’s vital home owners remove debris, like branches and trees, from around the property, clean your gutters and make sure you roof is secure and doesn’t leak. Residents in low-lying areas that may be affected by tides should also stock up on sand bags.

“It’s also important residents have an emergency kit with essential food, water and medical supplies, and an emergency plan for their family, in case they need to evacuate.”