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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.

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