Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Oma God! Massive 8-Metre Waves Expected As Cyclone Warning Issued

Cyclone Oma keeps tracking our way There's A Chance Cyclone Oma Could Make Landfall In QLD Over The Weekend
Sandra Phillips | 21 February, 2019, 18:38

On Thursday, all 34 Gold Coast beaches were closed for the following three days amid warnings the system could bring as much as 300 millimetres of rain.

"Gale force winds are expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during Friday, well ahead of Oma, and may extend into coastal parts of northern NSW on Saturday".

Tropical Cyclone Oma is continuing its path towards the Queensland coast.

"The chance of Cyclone Oma hitting is less likely now, however it can't be ruled out", BoM forecaster Kimba Wong said.

'There still are a wide range of scenarios at this point, ' the Bureau of Meteorology's Bruce Gunn said.

'On Friday, we will see an increase in wind strength and we are expected heavy rain across the weekend, ' he said.

Despite Tropical Cyclone Oma remaining in the Coral Sea, MetService is monitoring the potential for severe weather which is expected to impact many parts of New Zealand during the next few days.

Large swells coinciding with king tides were expected to cause erosion, and communities from Bundaberg in Queensland to Ballina in NSW were under a cyclone watch.

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After that, its behaviour is less predictable.

"We are starting to see the main swell packet from Oma starting to arrive on the south coast of Queensland now", Mr Hall told ABC radio.

"We're going to see gale-force winds developing tomorrow, and not only gale-force winds but conditions along the beach are going to be quite risky".

"It's looking increasingly likely that it will track close to the southeast Queensland coast, (but) it's hard to say how close it will get at the moment", she said.

"This system will lead to an increase in seas and swells over southern Queensland waters later this week, initially leading to unsafe surf conditions and abnormally high tides with possible beach erosion south of about Fraser Island over the weekend".

BOM has issued a hazardous surf warning for the region stretching from 1770 to the Queensland border with the likelihood of a risky surf warning to follow in the days ahead.

A flood warning has been issued for catchment areas in the coastal regions along with a few interior parts between New South Wales border and Gladstone to prepare them for heavy showers in view of Cyclone Oma. In 1990, Cyclone Nancy directly impacted Brisbane, but didn't make landfall.

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