TROPICAL Cyclone Linda has formed in the Coral Sea this afternoon.
But none of the models used by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest it will become a cyclone, and while it's expected to come close to the southeast Queensland coast, it should remain offshore.
Gale force winds, unsafe surf and abnormally high tides are expected to smash the Gold Coast today and tomorrow as Tropical Cyclone Linda edges closer to the Queensland coast.
Tropical Cyclone Linda is expected to batter the Queensland coastline on Wednesday bringing risky surf.
The system should weaken back into a tropical low by Thursday morning before it tracks south-east out to sea.
'I don't think she'll survive as a cyclone for too much longer, maybe a few more hours before she gets downgraded, ' Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rick Threlfall told the ABC just before 7am.
A severe weather warning remains in place for coastal areas in the Wide Bay, Burnett and the southeast.
City of Gold Coast confirmed that all Gold Coast beaches have been closed today with a Hazardous Surf Warning for Queensland now in place.
Unsafe waves of up to four metres are likely for the state's southeast tomorrow.
Tides were also expected to be higher than normal, particularly on Thursday, the BOM said.
Tropical #CycloneLinda is expected to track towards the Queensland coast today, whipping up risky surf conditions.
The warning comes after the north of Queensland has been devastated by floods which last week was declared a disaster situation.