RESIDENTS near the coastal areas of the Fraser Coast are urged to stay away from beaches today, as storm surges remain "a real risk".

Local disaster management acting chairman Stuart Taylor said as up to 300mm of rain and gale force winds are predicted for the Fraser Coast over the next 24 hours, people living near the water should stay away from the beach.

"We've got high tide at 10.10am, and there is no need for people to go down and have a look at the ocean," Cr Taylor said.

"Storm surges are a real risk and it's important people avoid the beaches."

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Aquavue Café Watersports owner Larry Burch said at this stage, he was not concerned about his Torquay foreshore-based business due to the preparations already put in place.

 "We pushed sand yesterday and if we didn't the water would be a lot closer than it would be," Mr Burch said.

The business owner said he had seen waves higher than four-and-a-half metres on the foreshore, and if the business "didn't have sand in front", they would be inundated with water.

"It's just building towards high tide now, it's not as strong [as it was] earlier this morning, I don't expect after high tide it will build in terms of intensity," he said.

"Most times it would back off as the tide drops; if this is as bad as it gets, if this is the worst it's going to be, we should be okay."



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