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Risky surf whips up as Cyclone Linda downgraded to low

Risky surf whips up as Cyclone Linda downgraded to low

Residents are being warned to be alert but not alarmed after the cyclone formed off the Queensland coast on Tuesday.

Our friends at the Bureau of Meteorology have announced that the latest divine reparation to skirt our ideal shores is Tropical Cyclone Linda, now a fair ways off the coast of Queensland, in the Coral Sea - around 1100 km east of Mackay.

Unsafe surf whipped up by ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda has forced the closure of beaches along Queensland's south-east coast. This image was taken last month of the Gold Coast.

Current predictions have Linda passing by the coast without making landfall, turning back into a tropical low by early morning on March 15th (Thursday).

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

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

The primary impacts will be risky surf conditions and erosion on south-east Queensland beaches.

Tropical Cyclone Linda would likely be downgraded to a low-pressure system as it loses strength on Wednesday morning. A severe weather warning iscurrent for these conditions.

It comes after weeks of heavy rainfall battered Queensland, leaving parts of the far north washed out and towns completely under water.