Linda Won't Be A Cyclone For Long: BoM
Tropical Cyclone Linda is expected to peter out on Wednesday but will still generate dangerous surf conditions along Queensland's southeast coast.
The category one cyclone is about 850km northeast of Brisbane and is tracking towards the Queensland coast but is not expected to make landfall.
It will likely be downgraded to a low pressure system as it loses strength on Wednesday morning.
The primary impacts will be dangerous surf conditions and erosion on southeast Queensland beaches.
#CycloneLinda has formed well off Queensland and is not expected to cross the coast. That's good news for all except those who have already bought 14 days worth of bread and milk and now need to figure out how best to consume it before it goes off.— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) March 13, 2018
"I don't think she'll survive as a cyclone for too much longer, maybe a few more hours before she gets downgraded," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rick Threlfall told the ABC just before 7am.
Damaging wind gusts are not expected along the coast, but gale force winds could be seen offshore.
Hazardous surf warning are in place for the Capricornia Coast, Fraser Island Coast, and the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
The tropical low has reached Category 1 #cyclone strength. #CycloneLinda is expected to remain well off the #SEQld coast and weaken to a tropical low again tomorrow. High tides and Dangerous Surf are the main impacts. For #Cyclone information go to: https://t.co/VecgkS6msP pic.twitter.com/zkIV6sFrzN— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) March 13, 2018
Surf Life Saving Queensland says beachgoers need to be extra vigilant with waves up to four metres possible.
"We are expecting to see strong winds and large swells and abnormally high tides," spokesman Jason Argent said.
"On top of that, there's likely to be large surges of water along the coast over the next few days, which can often lead to dangerous flash rips and strong currents."
He said beaches are being closely monitored and will be closed if necessary.