Ex-tropical cyclone Marcia passing over Wide Bay Burnett
WIND gusts of more than 50kmh have buffeted the Fraser Coast as ex-tropcial cyclone Marcia passes over the district.
According to Bureau of Meteorology figures, a gust of 57kmh was recorded in Maryborough at 4.13am on Saturday while several gusts of 56kmh hit Hervey Bay about an hour earlier.
The bureau has warned there is the chance of some damaging wind gusts to about 90kmh near the coast and ranges even though winds are generally easing around the system, which was downgraded from a cyclone at 1am.
Maryborough has received 32mm of rain from 9am on Friday until 5.30am on Saturday while just 12mm of rain has fallen in Hervey Bay during the same period.
About 2am, the bureau updated its severe weather warning for the Wide Bay and Burnett and south-east coast districts for damaging winds, heavy rainrall, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf.
"Ex-tropical cyclone Marcia should continue moving to the south-southeast, producing areas of heavy rain across the Wide Bay and Burnett district this morning, and over the south-east coast forecast district during the afternoon and evening," the warning said.
"Some six-hour rainfall totals over 200mm are possible.
"Water levels on the high tide are likely to be near or to exceed the highest tide of the year in exposed coastal areas today between Burnett Heads and Coolangatta.
"Dangerous surf and beach erosion is also expected on exposed beaches today between Burnett Heads and Coolangatta."
A reader shared the video below of the happenings on the Esplanade during high tide at Urangan on Friday night.