Cyclone Oma: QLD Braces As Heavy Winds And High Tides Descend


Even if it doesn't smash the state with a direct hit, people are being warned to take extra care near water with huge swells nearly a certainty along with possible coastal erosion.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting swells of two metres to pound our beaches today, conditions that will rise dramatically in coming days.

The forecaster said depending on what the pressure system did it could either mean Oma directly hit New Zealand, gently guided it north of the country or turned it around and pushed it back north.

Communication is down in most parts of Santo, and Red Cross team leader John Boar said the bad weather had made it hard for assessment teams to go out.

"It's unfortunate, the timing of it all, but it's very unsafe when you get that king tide with large swells that hit the coast".

"We're expecting risky surf conditions to get worse from Wednesday and peaking Friday through to Sunday", Queensland forecaster Lachlan Stoney told this morning.

"But we can not rule out a coastal crossing this weekend and if that happens it means heavy rain for the southern Queensland coast and Brisbane". The red area is 2 -6m high waves, the white area 9m waves.

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Boaters should take extra care on the water and ensure they have appropriate safety equipment.

The weather bureau has issued risky surf warnings for the Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast from Tuesday onwards.

The driver was forced to abandoned the truck to the elements.

Strong winds and 3 to 4m waves are forecast toward the end of the week as Oma - near Vanuatu on Monday - moves south west. OMA could pass far off the coast of northern Grand Terre on 19-20 February, strenghthening, with maximum sustained winds up to 130 km/h.

GFS - Showing the remnants of Oma well and truly becoming extra-tropical - in otherwords, forming a new large low in the NZ area.

"We're advising people not to actually stand on the sand and get close to the waters edge".