Cyclone Sandra to whip up big seas, eroding Qld beaches
A CYCLONE forming off Townsville is expected to whip up big seas which will batter Queensland's already eroded beaches.
Cyclone Sandra is expected to develop from a monsoon low late Thursday or early Friday with predictions it could reach a category three or higher.
At 6am today, the Bureau of Meteorology issued a coastal waters wind warning for Cairns to Point Lookout, including Hervey Bay.
"A high [1024 hPa] over the Tasman Sea extends a firm ridge along the southern and central Queensland coasts,'' the warning said.
"The monsoon trough is situated over northern Queensland and the northern Coral Sea.
"A low [999 hPa] is situated along the monsoon trough, approximately 260 nautical miles east northeast of Bowen, and it is expected to deepen while moving in a general eastwards direction away from the Queensland coast over the next few days.''
The warning says coastal areas can expect south-east winds to increase to 25 to 30 knots offshore during Wednesday and seas increases to three metres.
In the Bowen to Point Lookout area, seas of three to 3.5 metres are expected in open waters, while they will be to two metres in Hervey Bay.
On the Sunshine Coast, many of the region's beaches have remained closed as severe erosion has undermined stairs and walkways, cutting off access points.
The local council is hoping to gain national disaster relief funding to help meet most of the $500,000 repair cost for its iconic Mooloolaba beach.
This week, the Climate Commission released a report which warned that we could expect more extreme weather events due to climate change.
Professor Will Steffen said while Australia had "always been the land of extremes", climate change was making the "weather worse".
Record rainfall events were also linked to global warming.