Paul Luhrs is dwarfed by an erosion wall at Duranbah Beach.
Paul Luhrs is dwarfed by an erosion wall at Duranbah Beach.

Coast lashed by wild seas, rain

By MURRAY SIMPSON

WILD winds and driving rain pelted the Tweed over the weekend - but luckily there was no catastrophic damage.

On the coast huge surf reaching nearly 10 metres offshore kept boaties at bay, beaches closed and put the Quiksilver Pro surf contest at Snapper rocks on hold.

"Boaties would have to be crazy to go out in that," said Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue officer Peter Constantas.

"The biggest waves recorded reached 9.78 metres early yesterday.

"The average was 5.15 metres."

The weather has been caused by a low pressure system that has stalled off Morton Bay.

But the weather office said yesterday it should move into the Tasman Sea today.

The system brought 203mm of rain to Tweed Heads in the 48hrs to 3pm yesterday, 42mm to Murwillumbah and 112 at Limpinwood and Chillingham.

While the weather remained yesterday, SES units at Tweed and Banora Point were kept busy with reports of water damage and clearing debris from fallen trees.

"We've got both units busy attending to minor problems," said SES Tweed controller Brian Sheahan.

"One house in Banora Point lost its guttering and we had to assist with tarps to prevent further water damage."

By late yesterday afternoon up to five SES units were in full swing clearing trees off roads throughout the Tweed area.

On Piggabeen Road in West Tweed a large fallen tree cut power and phone services to a number of homes.

Tweed Shire duty officer Russell Walker said police and power authority workers attended the scene.

Otherwise he said the Tweed had escaped lightly apart from some minor flooding on Chinderah's Oak Avenue, Wooyung Road and Clothiers Creek Road.

At Snapper Rocks the event co-ordinator at the Quiksilver Pro Matt Wilson said the depression off Brisbane had become almost stationary and had put the international surf event on hold for 24 hours.

"Normally we would have expected it to have moved well away by now."

Despite the wild weather hundreds of motorists braved the conditions to view spectacular sea conditions from vantage points at Point Danger and Greenmount.

Sightseers created heavy traffic conditions at most popular beach locations from Coolangatta to Currumbin.

The weather put a dampener on the Clean Up Australia drive planned for yesterday. Tweed schools were forced to cancel their clean-up programs late last week.



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