Giant waves crashing in

RAINBOW Beach was closed yesterday, along with several beaches on the Sunshine Coast, as a severe weather warning remained in place for monster surf along the south-east Queensland coast.

Four-metre waves - as tall as a single-storey building - battered some beaches between Noosa and Caloundra, brought in by a low pressure system across the Capricornia Coast.

Rainbow Beach lifeguards said things were pretty rough at Rainbow Beach, with 2m of surf.

"It's not very windy," they said.

"But there's a big swell."

The surf at Double Island Point was no doubt even bigger, they said.

Two-metre waves also buffeted the coastline on Monday, much to the glee of surfers.

Damaging southerly winds gusted at an average of 50kmh elsewhere on the coast, whipping up the swell and prompting the Bureau of Meteorology to issue the severe weather warning for dangerous surf.

Forecaster Bryan James said conditions were considered dangerous.

An easterly swell, combined with a strong southerly wind does give us reason to issue a weather warning and for the conditions to be declared as dangerous," Mr James said.

The surf cam at Rainbow Beach showed not a single person at midday yesterday. Beach erosion may occur.

Gympie Times


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