Two Sunshine Coast police officers got the shock of a lifetime when a car emerged from head-high foam just metres away, almost bowling them over.
The footage, captured this morning at Alexandra Heads in Mooloolaba, shows a completely obscured vehicle appear from masses of foam stirred up by ex-cyclone Oswald, Fairfax reports.
The officers were nearly run down by the motorist who appeared to have been driving blind through the wall of foam with pedestrians nearby.
Mountains of froth stirred up by heavy seas blanketed several beaches on the Sunshine Coast overnight, creating 'winter wonderland' scenes in balmy Queensland.
Residents and tourists awoke to streets covered in foam up to three metres deep, engulfing cars and caravans along the beachfront.
Central Queensland has already borne the brunt of Oswald, with torrential rain and destructive winds bringing floods, tornadoes and destructive winds to the east coast and inland.
An elderly man was killed, more than a dozen people were injured and 250 homes were damaged when a serious of tornadoes ripped through the coastal towns of Burnett Heads, Bargara, Burrum Heads and Coonarr near Bundaberg on Saturday afternoon and evening.
The man's body was recovered from the water at Burnett Heads on Sunday morning after he fell overboard from a yacht that had been ripped from its moorings.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people have been pouring into evacuation centres at Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gympie with flood peaks in central Queensland expected to exceed 2010-2011 levels.
Author: Matthew Henry. Approving editor: Martin Zavan