Tropical Cyclone Seth is expected to trigger dangerous waves and unusually high tides as it begins to head south off the Queensland coast.
The Category 1 system was located about 630 km east northeast of Hervey Bay and 720 km northeast of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology said early Sunday morning.
It was moving southeast at 29 kilometers per hour.
While maintaining his intensity, Seth is expected to slow down and move southwest on Sunday afternoon.
Although it is unlikely to have a direct impact on the coastline for the next 48 hours, the BoM said the cyclone would cause dangerous waves and unusually high tides on the south-eastern Queensland and north coasts. -est of New South Wales from Sunday.
Severe weather warnings are underway for both regions.
The office said Seth is expected to weaken during his transition to a subtropical system on Monday.
âMovement beyond this hour becomes uncertain,â he said.
“However, there is a general indication that it will drift westward closer to or over the Australian coast within the next week.”
Seth was demoted from category two to one category on Saturday.
Meteorologist Helen Reid said the AAP indications were that it would only be a tropical cyclone for a day or two and if it crossed the coast it would not be like a tropical cyclone.
A strong wind warning was issued from Mackay to Sunshine Coast on Saturday with gales expected to hit the southeast by Sunday after gusts of over 100 km / h off 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.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said authorities were doing modeling on Saturday to see what impact the expected high tide would have on low areas.
The area was to be hit on Sunday by waves of up to four meters.
Wild conditions forced Surf Life Saving Queensland to close 14 Sunshine Coast beaches on Saturday afternoon.
Associated Australian Press