THE Sunshine Coast has been warned to expect severe weather including gale force winds, dangerous surf and flooding today, as Tropical Cyclone Linda inches closer to the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday declared the tropical low pressure system had formed into a Category 1 cyclone as it tracked down the Queensland Coast.
This morning the Bureau warned of gale force winds today and tomorrow in Sunshine Coast waters, with the Capricornia Coast, Fraser Coast and Gold Coast also impacted.
Surf Life Saving Queensland has urged beach-goers to stay out of the water in surf-exposed areas, as large swell peaks late today and early tomorrow morning.
Heavy seas coinciding with this morning's high tide could cause flooding today similar to the highest astronomical tide of the year in February, when water washed over low-lying river front streets in Cotton Tree and Mooloolaba.
But the high tide tomorrow is expected to cause worse flooding, the Bureau predicts.
At its nearest, TC Linda is expected to come just within 200km of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow about noon, before turning away on a south-easterly track.
But the Bureau believes the cyclone will weaken into an intense low pressure system this morning.
The next warning update is due by 11am.