News

4m swells to hit Gladstone, bureau says

TWO tropical lows brewing in the Coral Sea in Queensland's north will produce four-metre waves and 25 knot winds in the Gladstone region, if Bureau of Meteorology forecasts prove correct.

The bureau issued a strong wind warning yesterday morning, adding, "there is some potential for one or both of them [lows] to reach tropical strength".

Meteorologists warned Queenslanders living along the coast to expect winds to reach above 25 knots, or just over 40kmh. Today's warning, however, only applies to the Capricornia Coast, which includes Gladstone, and the Mackay coast.

But bureau meteorologist Gordon Banks reassured Queenslanders that even if it does develop into a full-blown cyclone, it's likely to drift away from the coast.

Still, it could wreak some havoc along the coastline, bringing big north-easterly swells.

Mr Banks said while large boats should hold through the wind, "the main concern is for people in small boats".

Boating expert Darryl Branthwaite said any boat under 20-30m would struggle to overcome winds more than 15 knots, or 25kmh.

>> SEND US YOUR WEATHER PIX: Email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au or click here

"Good for surfing. Good for the kiteboards - even sailors would find it interesting in this wind," he said.

"I'm a yachty from way back. It's not something you head out in and enjoy."

Mr Branthwaite, who has lived in the region for more than 30 years, said the winds and swell fit a yearly pattern where a "tropical monsoonal trough that hangs around at this time".

While the bureau expects winds to ease to 15 knots this afternoon, Mr Branthwaite said it's not uncommon for these kinds of gale force winds to last two to three weeks.

He also said the swell would likely exceed the bureau's forecast of four metres, saying, "you can probably add another metre to that with chop".

He said conditions would worsen as the tide heads out today, as the low that is "sucking a lot of this air" north would rub against a falling tide heading south to "produce a very rough sea state".

Topics:  editors picks, fishing, gladstone, sailing, weather, wildweather



'Is it a sign?' Couple commit to wedding before meteor strike

Richard and Lynda Roundhill heard the boom and felt the tremor during Monday night's event.

Finding the lighter side of meteor mystery

LISTEN: 'Fireball meteor' causes tremor in 'super sonic boom'

"FIREBALL meteor" came close to Gladstone last night, expert says.

Flashing light, boom, tremor: What we know so far

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower as a photographer wipes moisture from the camera lenses Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

What's been ruled out as the cause of flashing light, boom.

Local Partners

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.