Strong wind warning cancelled for Gladstone region

UPDATE 1.25PM: THE strong wind warning for Gladstone to Double Island Point has been cancelled .

Winds are no longer expected to exceed 25 knots.

EARLIER: A HIGH pressure system over the Tasman Sea is maintaining a firm ridge of high pressure along the east coast of Queensland.

The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology gave a strong wind warning at 5pm December 13 for Cardwell to Gladstone with east to south-east winds from 25 to 30 knots.

Seas up to three metres in open waters and a south-east swell of one-and-a-half to two metres outside of the reef are predicted.

Winds are expected to ease below 26 knots late tonight.

There is also a strong wind warning from Gladstone to Double Island Point with south-east winds predicted for around 25 to 30 knots, seas to three metres and south-east swell to two-and-a-half metres in exposed waters.

Winds are expected to ease below 26 knots late Friday night.

Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

The next warning is set to be issued by the Bureau of Meterology at 11 pm AEST tonight.