The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting dangerous swell and abnormally high tides in the highlighted areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting dangerous swell and abnormally high tides in the highlighted areas. Bureau of Meterology

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston headed back Qld's way

THE Bureau of Meteorology has warned of dangerous surf and the highest tides of 2016 as ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston tracks closer to the Queensland coastline. 

The system is now 1000km east of Brisbane, and is expected to continue tracking in a westerly direction before most likely shifting northwest into the southern Coral Sea during the weekend.

BOM forecaster Jess Carey told the ABC there was a "slight possibility" it would intensify into a weak category one cyclone.

The Bureau predicts the system will remain strong with an "intense wind structure" until at least Sunday.

Winds and waves are expected to increase at southern Queensland beaches south of Sandy Cape on Saturday as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston enters the southern Coral Sea, leading to dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion.

Water levels on the high tide could possibly exceed the highest tide of the year on exposed beaches of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island during tonight and through Saturday.

The system should start to weaken from Sunday, with winds and waves gradually decreasing along the southern Queensland coast.


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