North Coast lifeguards have issued a warning of damaging sea conditions over the next few days, and have closed all beaches.
“A low pressure system continues to develop off the southern Queensland coast. The low is expected to move slowly south Thursday/Friday. Coupled with a near stationary high east of Bass Strait, this system will result in increasing rain and winds over far north-eastern parts of the State,” a spokesman said.
“There are Severe Weather Warnings in place.
“Over the next 48 hours, it is anticipated that waves will increase further, leading to damaging surf conditions with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone.
“Flooding, tidal inundation and beach erosion is likely.”
All beaches, including the patrolled beach at Salt (South Kingscliff) are closed.
Surf Life Saving NSW and the Australian Lifeguard Service advise that people should:
- Leave the water immediately
- Follow any directions issued by lifeguards
- Obey any signage that has been displayed
- Keep small children and pets away from the edge of the water
- Avoid entering the water until it is deemed safe to do so
- Stay well clear of creek and river mouths, storm drains and causeways
- Stay away from rock ledges and shelves
- Avoid near-shore boating, fishing or rock-fishing.