Cyclone watch for Queensland cancelled as TC Oma weakens
22 February, 2019, 14:22 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
As the category 2 system sits around 950km off the coast of Brisbane, tracking southwesterly at about 10km/h, uncertainty remains on what the cyclone will do, with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting impacts to be felt along the coast even if the cyclone does not cross land.
Earlier, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonty Hall had told ABC radio: "Although the centre of Oma is going to stay a fair way off the coast, it is still going to be quite windy".
A flawless storm bringing king tides and massive swells could hit the region with its fiercest battering in years.
Our forecast, generally speaking, is for drier than average weather to continue next week once the southerly has gone by the end of Monday as the following high pressure system looks very solid.
This Ute was the latest victim of the infamous Mudlo Rocks passing at Rainbow Beach, which was inundated with water when a larger than normal engulfed it on Tuesday morning.
It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for cyclones to track as far south as Oma could eventually go.
"That's likely to increase in the next couple of days".
Extra sand dumped on parts of the Gold Coast ahead of last year's Commonwealth Games likely saved the world famous coast from more disastrous erosion, he said.
The swell was picking up at Alexandra Headland and The Bluff on the Sunshine Coast.
Despite official warning son risky surf and many beaches closing, a few surfers have braved the staggering conditions.
The BOM said gale force winds, with gusts greater than 90km/h, were expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during today well ahead of Oma.
Several beaches remained closed and people were advised not to take their boats out to the water as conditions could worsen. Further beach closures are expected, with monster 5m waves predicted, with local big wave surfers salivating at the prospect.
Some beaches will be closed as unsafe winds, surf and abnormally high tides continue into the weekend from about Fraser Island down to the NSW border. In fact, high swells have already caused flooding in the coastline.
A vehicle drives down flooded Tingira St during the king tide in Portsmith, Cairns.
Meanwhile, upper parts of the North Island and southwestern parts of the South Island will be on a severe weather watch for Friday and Saturday as Tropical Cyclone Oma effects many parts of the country over the next few days.
Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Moreton Island, Noosa Heads, Caloundra and Rainbow Beach.
It is expected to move southwest over the next few days and will generate an increasing east to north easterly swell at Southern Queensland beaches.
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