Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Wide Bay waterspouts force beaches closures

By Alyse Edwards, Monday February 25, 2013 - 11:21 EDT

Residents in coastal areas of the Bundaberg region in southern Queensland are on alert after waterspouts were spotted yesterday.

Less than a month after a tornado hit Bargara, damaging homes and businesses, locals reported waterspouts off Nielsen and Kellys beaches yesterday.

Local lifesaver Samuel Lester says they were forced to close the beaches.

"Australia Day twisters were still pretty fresh in everyone's mind," he said.

"I think everyone was hoping it wouldn't be a repeat of what happened but minimal damage- it was all over in about 30 seconds.?

He says no-one was hurt but the Bundaberg Surf Club was damaged.

"It ripped a few tiles off the roof - there's a hole about two metres square and the SES [State Emergency Service] have covered that up," he said.

He says the beaches are open again but people should take care if they go in the water.

The weather bureau has issued a severe weather warning, with heavy rain and strong winds predicted in the next few days.

.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Summer to winter skipping autumn

12:49 EST

Although temperatures across the southern states have been more seasonal over the recent days, temperatures along the eastern seaboard have remained quite balmy.

Lake Eyre gets late flow from Queensland and more SA rainfall than usual

12:31 EST

Water is flowing into outback Lake Eyre, but somewhat differently from past flooding of the remote saltpan, travel guide Rex Ellis says.

Kiwis in for a pounding

12:24 EST

A strong and complex low is moving over New Zealand and has been generating heavy rain, isolated thunderstorms and gale force winds.