Pine trees bend in the wind at Labrador as ex tropical cyclone Oswald nears, 27 January 2013. Credit: Cas Allan

By Cas Allan, 27 January 2013

Few Gold Coasters braved venturing out into the adverse weather today as ex tropical cyclone Oswald made its presence felt along the coast and inland areas.

Blustering winds and driving rain put paid to any ideas residents may have had of Sunday picnics and relaxing on the beach.

Sailboarders at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast took advantage of the conditions to brave the Broadwater for some high-speed thrills.

Making the most of the dour weather these sailboarders had the time of their lives on The Broadwater, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast. January 27, 2013. Photo: Cas Allan

Making the most of the dour weather these sailboarders had the time of their lives on The Broadwater, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast. January 27, 2013. Photo: Cas Allan

The pine trees planted along Marine Parade at Labrador experienced the full brunt of the strong winds from the east.

Several of the large trees were seen leaning over roads and properties.

Pine trees bend in the wind at Labrador as ex tropical cyclone Oswald nears, 27 January 2013. Credit: Cas Allan

Pine trees bend in the wind at Labrador as ex tropical cyclone Oswald nears, 27 January 2013. Credit: Cas Allan

The bureau of meteorology predicts gale force winds from the east to north-east with damaging gusts for the remainder of today but conditions should ease slightly tomorrow.

Gold Coast beaches remain closed until further notice and residents are advised against sightseeing along coastal areas.

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