Queensland beaches closed after being slammed by hazardous surf and strong winds

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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.

Gale force winds, unsafe surf and abnormally high tides are expected to smash the Gold Coast today and tomorrow as Tropical Cyclone Linda edges closer to the Queensland coast.

The system will weaken throughout the day before turning south-east away from the coast.

"A severe weather warning is still current for risky surf conditions and possible beach erosion, particularly for the east coast of Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast, but it will extend south to the Gold Coast later today".

Hazardous surf and strong wing warnings have also been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for residents and beachgoers in areas around the Capricornia Coast, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, telling them to expect the risky surf conditions and urging them to stay out of the water.

Forecaster Dean Narramore said the worst effects would be gale-force winds and large swells that could cause beach erosion.

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The wild weather has forced the closure of all beaches along the state's southeast coast as they are pounded by strong swell and high tides that have damaged some shorelines.

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.

Flooding is expected for coastal residents.

"We'll probably also have unsafe beach conditions in the morning".

Big seas are expected from Wide Bay down to the NSW border from Wednesday, while abnormally high tides could impact coastal areas from Thursday.

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