Cyclone Linda forms off Queensland coast

The Bureau of Meteorology says more rain is expected in coming days

As of 4am today, the tropical low was about 1300km north-east of the Sunshine Coast, and is expected to travel closer on a south-westerly track today.

"Tropical cyclone Linda is expected to transition to a subtropical low early today as it continues to move into a less favourable environment", the weather bureau said in a statement.

At its closest approach to the coast, the remains of tropical cyclone Lindawill generate large waves and unsafe surf conditions about exposed southernQueensland beaches.

"It's certainly still going to have quite significant impacts so we still have the severe weather warnings out", he said.

Unsafe waves of up to four metres are likely for the state's southeast tomorrow.

The Bureau is due to release an updated surf warning by 11am and wind warning by 3.50pm.

THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued urgent severe weather warnings for unsafe surf and strong winds for the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions, with flooding of some low-lying areas.

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The Bureau of Meteorology expected Linda to be downgraded to a low-pressure system as it loses strength on Wednesday morning.

"We aren't expecting it to remain a tropical cyclone for an extended period of time".

Natasha Simpson from Capalaba said she was bracing for the wild weather.

"The main point is so far, we have not lost any lives to storm events in Queensland during this last couple of weeks and that's the way I want to keep it", he said.

"We've had a few in the last few years so we're just wanting to get on top of it and make sure we don't get inundated with water".

The State Emergency Service was getting sandbags prepared in case they were needed, and several residents in the Redlands City Council had taken sandbags home from stations located in the community.

Self-service sandbag stations will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 6pm at Cleveland Showgrounds and on North Stradbroke, Macleay and Russell Islands.


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