EX-TROPICAL cyclone Linda will continue to batter the southeast Queensland coast today, with gale-force winds and abnormally high tides.
The cyclone is not expected to make landfall, but residents have been warned to brace for tidal flooding, strong winds and unsafe surf.
"On Wednesday, it'll start to move down the coast, bringing risky surf conditions, large swells, possible high tides in the morning and strong to even gale-force winds", meteorologist Grace Legge, Bureau of Meteorology, said.
Current predictions have Linda passing by the coast without making landfall, turning back into a tropical low by early morning on March 15th (Thursday).
The tropical low is expected to shift away from the Queensland coast, but will continue to cause strong to possibly gale-force winds and risky surf conditions.
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that at 4.00am Wednesday, Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Linda was located in the Coral Sea about 760km east northeast of Gladstone and 850km northeast of Brisbane.
"We're going to see high tide surges come up also, so that can be pretty risky if you're down on the sand or walking". A severe weather warning iscurrent for these conditions.
Gold Coast Lifesaving's Nathan Fife told the Nine Network's Today this morning that lifeguards are also encouraging people to stay away from closed beaches.
"Gale force winds over offshore waters across the southern flank of the low are expected to produce large east to southeasterly swells along exposed parts of the southern Queensland coast during today and Thursday", the bureau warned. Residents close to beaches are being advised to have sandbags ready.
It comes after weeks of heavy rainfall battered Queensland, leaving parts of the far north washed out and towns completely under water.