Tropical Cyclone Seth is expected to “make life difficult” in South East Queensland with “abnormally” high tides, strong winds and huge swells expected to hit this weekend.
But the Bureau of Meteorology does not expect the Category 2 cyclone to intensify, saying it is expected to become a tropical depression by the time it begins to move closer to the coast on Monday.
“At this point, we don’t expect it to cross the coast,” BOM meteorologist Helen Reid told AAP.
“It will certainly make life difficult for the coastline, but it is likely to weaken and not be classified as a tropical cyclone by late Monday.
“The indications are that it will only be a tropical cyclone for a day or two – if it crosses the coast, it will not be a tropical cyclone.”
The BOM still issued strong wind, severe weather and dangerous surf warnings on Saturday for the southeastern state as Tropical Cyclone Seth descended the Coral Sea after forming 495 km to the north. is from Mackay.
“With the wind, waves and unusually high tide warnings, a lot is happening without it touching the coast,” Ms. Reid said.
A strong wind warning is underway for Bowen in the Whitsunday area, with gales expected to affect Sunshine Coast waters by Sunday after gusts of over 100 km / h were recorded offshore from the coast on Friday evening.
The BOM also issued a severe weather warning from Wide Bay to the southeast coast with high tides expected to reach an “astronomical peak” over the next few days, weakening on Wednesday.
Areas likely to be affected include Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Coolangatta, Moreton Island, Noosa Heads, Caloundra, North Stradbroke Island, Rainbow Beach, and Redcliffe.
A dangerous surf warning is underway between Sandy Cape and Cape Morton, extending south to Point Danger on Sunday with waves of up to four meters.
Australian Associated Press