UPDATED: Ex-TC Linda downgraded

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has downgraded ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda to a subtropical low, but said a severe weather warning remained for the Queensland coast.

At 10am Wednesday, BOM confirmed the former Category 1 system had been downgraded to a subtropical low, and was located about 630km east northeast of Gladstone, and 760km northeast of Brisbane.

RACQ’s Kirsty Clinton said the weather system was expected remain offshore of the Queensland coast, and would move southwest over the next 24 hours.

“Ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda will generate large waves and dangerous surf conditions for exposed southern Queensland beaches from Noosa to Coolangatta,” Ms Clinton said.

“Tides are also expected to be higher than normal, particularly on Thursday morning’s high tide.”

Ms Clinton said not since 1974 had the south east felt the impacts of a Tropical Cyclone so residents needed to ensure they were prepared.

“Now is the time we need to be preparing our homes and our families for the impending Cyclone,” she said.

“While it’s still a watch and see game at the moment, it doesn’t mean we can’t be cleaning up around our houses, ensuring we have a well-stocked emergency kit and our families know what to do.”