Australia: Linda to sideswipe Queensland, New South Wales through Thursday

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 15, 2018, 12:13:57 AM EDT

Linda will approach the Australian coast into Friday, bringing rough seas and gusty winds.

Linda has weakened to an extra tropical low but continues to churn in the Coral Sea with gusty winds.

A track toward the south will bring the cyclone near the coast of southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales into Friday.

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Current forecasts keep Linda, as well as the most severe impacts, off the coast of eastern Australia. The heaviest rain and wind speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph) will remain over water, near the center of the storm.

Still, some impacts are still expected for coastal areas.

Showers and windy spells will likely graze coastal areas from Hervey Bay southward to Brisbane and Gold Coast.

While rainfall is not expected to cause any widespread flooding, local downpours can briefly cause travel disruption. Along with the rain, winds at times could gust to 50-65 km/h (31-40 mph) along the coast.

Rough surf and rip currents will also be concerns regardless of how close to the coast the storm tracks.

Large waves and swells of 3-5 meters (10-16 feet) are expected which will bring the threat for coastal flooding, especially during times of high tide into Thursday.

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The storm is anticipated to weaken as it pulls away from the coast on Friday, allowing conditions to improve with little or no rainfall and reduced winds. Rough surf and rip currents will continue for another day.

Further weakening into the weekend will result in the cyclone dissipating with no further impacts to Australia.

As one threat ends, another will begin as tropical cyclone attempts to take shape off northern coast of Western Australia late this week with potential impacts through this weekend.

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