Heavy rain, strong wind and big swells are on the way.The Queensland government has issued a warning for boaties ahead of an expected low off the state’s southern coast.

Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey said the expected rough conditions and high seas would make boating conditions unsafe.

Forecasters predicted heavy rain, strong winds and increasing swells.

“This is especially critical at bar crossings in Noosa, Mooloolaba, the Gold Coast Seaway, Currumbin Creek and Tweed River,” Mr Bailey said on Wednesday.

“Heavy rains developing over western New South Wales today are expected to reach southern Queensland coast tomorrow and Friday, before clearing the coast Saturday.”

Mr Bailey said a deepening trough could develop as an east coast low off the southern Queensland coast.

An east coast low caused devastation in New South Wales last week.

“It’s expected to bring further heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms and rain across areas to the south east of the state on Friday,” Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said boaties should reconsider any planned outings.

“Check the weather before heading out and keep checking while on the water,” he said.

“Let your local volunteer rescue group know when you’re leaving and when you’re due to return.

“Be prepared for sudden unexpected changes and at the first sign of deteriorating weather, please make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket.

“Have an alternative plan to reach shelter if you can’t get back to your usual mooring or boat ramp and ensure you have enough fuel to get there.

“…But most importantly, if in doubt – don’t go out.”

Brisbane City Council issued a reminder to residents to prepare properties for thunderstorms, damaging winds and flash flooding through to Saturday.

“Council is encouraging residents to prepare their backyards by trimming overhanging tree branches and cleaning gutters and downpipes free of leaf litter,” the council said in a statement.

“Residents should also secure any loose objects around their homes, including balconies, and avoid parking their cars under trees or powerlines.”

In the event of heavy rainfall, sandbags will be available from: Zillmere Depot, 33 Jennings Street Zillmere;South Depot, 48 Shamrock Rd, Darra;Balmoral Depot, 9 Redfern Street, Morningside;Herbert Street, Lota; andSES Depot, 66 Wilston Rd, Newmarket.

“In the event of high winds or severe storms, residents are also reminded to stay well clear of any fallen powerlines,” the council said.

“If powerlines have fallen, residents should contact Energex on 13 19 62.”

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