Alexa

Beaches closed in Australia as wild weather threatens vacationers

Beaches closed in Australia as wild weather threatens vacationers

Authorities evacuated campers and closed beaches along one of Australia's most popular vacation coastlines Saturday as forecasters predicted wild weather and waves up to six meters (20 feet) could pummel the region.
Storms that have lashed a long stretch of coastline around the city of Brisbane for several days were forecast to worsen over the weekend, and Queensland state officials warned Christmas and New Year's vacationers to take the threat seriously.
Beaches on the Gold Coast, a popular vacation strip, were closed and about 3,000 campers at another popular site, Fraser Island, were told to return to the mainland to avoid the weather.
Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the wild weather was caused by a large low pressure system off the coast, and forecasters warned it would get worse.
"We're evacuating people now from the eastern coastline of Fraser Island, and we're strongly recommending that all campers leave the island as quickly as possible," he said.
Winds up to 90 kph (56 mph), heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and big wave swells were forecast for Sunday.
"The conditions are very dangerous," Gold Coast chief lifeguard Warren Young said, warning people to stay away from the water.
No injuries from the bad weather were reported so far.


Updated : 2021-04-15 05:18 GMT+08:00