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Boaties warned to reconsider travel as wild weather forecast


Boaties are being warned to reconsider heading out on the water as strong winds and large swell on the Queensland east coast are expected to increase to severe gale force winds and damaging swells in some areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting an east coast low to develop off the southeast Queensland coast on Friday with wave and wind impacts to coastal areas over the coming days.

Windy conditions are expected to develop about the east coast from the Townsville coast to the Gold Coast waters.

The weather bureau has issued a strong wind warning for much of the Queensland east coast including Mackay.

The windiest conditions are expected on Friday and Saturday, with a risk of offshore gales developing for a time from the Fraser waters to the Gold Coast waters.

“The heaviest rain looks like it'll stay offshore - but totals of more than 50mm are still possible,” ARN regional meteorologist Hannah McEwan says.

A hazardous surf warning is current for Sunshine Coast and Fraser waters.

Brisbane Water Police Sergeant Daniel Moyle strongly advises people should avoid any type of boating and water activities that may place them at unnecessary risk in the coming days.

“We are expecting to see extremely dangerous conditions on the water and are urging everyone to make smart decisions and stay safe,” Sgt Moyle says.

“Boaties and non-powered watercraft users should reconsider any plans over the coming days.”

Sgt Moyle says it is vital to check the security of your anchored and moored vessel to ensure it is prepared for extreme winds and damaging swell.

“Those already on the water should ensure they are carrying the appropriate safety equipment and consider seeking shelter,” Sgt Moyle says.


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