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

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

SA weather: Conditions ease briefly but Virginia, Port Wakefield, Lewiston brace for more rain

06:12 EDT

Residents in the South Australian towns of Virginia, Lewiston and Port Wakefield had a brief reprieve from the rain overnight but they have been warned further flooding is possible later this afternoon.

SA weather: Virginia, Port Wakefield under threat as rivers burst banks

00:13 EST

The South Australian towns of Virginia and Port Wakefield are under threat from floodwaters as the Gawler and Wakefield rivers burst their banks, with warnings more rain is on the way.

WA storm blacks out homes, blocks roads as severe weather warning cancelled

20:48 EST

About 9,000 properties remain without power in Perth and Western Australia's south-west as conditions ease across the state after damaging winds brought down trees and debris.