DANGEROUS CONDITIONS: Surfers checked out the choppy seas at Rainbow Beach yesterday and kept their boards dry.
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS: Surfers checked out the choppy seas at Rainbow Beach yesterday and kept their boards dry.

Ului whipping it up

A SEVERE weather warning for dangerous surf was issued yesterday for the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

Wild conditions whipped up by the still relatively distant Ului forced the closure of Rainbow Beach yesterday with lifeguard Lleam Rees saying the beach was likely to remain closed over the weekend.

He said beach goers were happy to heed the advice of lifesavers and obey the signage.

Rough, blustery conditions and waves close to three metres had a few surfers curious yesterday but none ventured in.

Visiting German backpackers were happy to enjoy the location without getting their feet wet.

Josefine Leonhardt, Anna Maria Merkel and Susan Schubert were on their way south and hoping to leave the cyclonic weather behind.

Cyclone Ului, located about 950 kilometres east northeast of Mackay, is expected to inch closer to the coast today with the most likely impact point the Cardwell/ Mackay region on Sunday morning.

The Weather Channel’s senior meteorologist Dick Whitaker said the cyclone’s influence will extend right up and down the coast as far south as the NSW border.

The Gympie region should expect scattered showers and gusty winds today and tomorrow with the possibility of rain and windy conditions increasing next week.

Gympie Times


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