Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Tropical Cyclone Oma: warning issued for Queensland and northern NSW

Tropical Cyclone Oma: warning issued for Queensland and northern NSW

The tropical cyclone heading towards New Zealand is expected to bring with it south easterlies to the Nelson region.

"Although Oma is not expected to make landfall in the coming days it will be close enough to produce direct impacts along the Queensland and NSW coast", the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

Oma has weakened to a Category One system overnight with sustained winds of 85 kilometres an hour and gusts of 120 kilometres.

Gale-force winds were expected to hit coastal parts of Queensland from Friday, particularly the islands and exposed coasts.

Many beaches in Queensland and the NSW north coast remain closed as Oma edges closer to Australia's east coast, causing gale force winds, high tides and severe thunderstorms.

Ms Pattie said southern Capricornia would see some high tides between half a metre and a metre above the highest tide of the year as well as coastal inundation and erosion.

People in the cyclone watch zone have been urged to think about what preparations they might need to make if the cyclone threat increases.

Sandbags will be available at 38 Shamrock Road at Darra, 9 Redfern Street at Morningside, 66 Wilston Road at Newmarket, 33 Jennings Street at Zillmere and Herbert Street at Lota.

"A crossing is not certain yet, and there are scenarios where it may linger off the coast", Mr Blazak said.

High tides and hazardous conditions for surfing are already being observed.

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This weather may result in a number of hazards, including beach erosion, fallen trees and local or wider flooding. "We've already started to see escarping on some of our most popular beaches because this weather event also combines with a king tide".

A flood watch is in place for catchments from south of Gladstone to the New South Wales border.

While it is unusual for a cyclone to track this far south, it is not unprecedented.

"But that would be maybe a better scenario than if it lingers off the coast".

The longer it stays offshore, the greater the potential damage to beaches as waves of up to six metres pound the shoreline, he said.

"Anywhere south of about St Lawrence, so that's that area around Rockhampton, so anywhere south of there right down to Brisbane really is potentially in play for a cyclone crossing if that was to occur - but I've got to emphasise it will come near the coast and not necessarily cross the coast but it is possible it could cross the coast, " Campbell said.

Monday will be dry with the winds dropping off quickly in the morning as a high pressure builds.

"The heaviest rainfall will be concentrated further north at the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island, however that is heavily dependent on what the cyclone will do".

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