Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Cyclone watch issued as Oma approaches southeast coast

Cyclone Oma keeps tracking our way There's A Chance Cyclone Oma Could Make Landfall In QLD Over The Weekend
Cary Marshall | 22 February, 2019, 00:10

A Cyclone Watch for parts of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales has been cancelled with forecasters now increasingly confident Tropical Cyclone Oma will stay well away from the Coast.

"It's a little bit tricky in that there's a couple of competing factors that makes it quite hard determining exactly where that track will go", she said.

Cyclone Oma is storming towards the coast.

The worst effects are expected to be gale-force winds, very high swells that could erode beaches, and the possibility of heavy 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".

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.

Mr Hall said there would still be impacts to the Queensland coast.

They are expected to break high tide records again by about one metre on the morning high tides on Thursday and Friday morning.

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Meanwhile Brisbane City Council warned residents on Facebook about minor localised flooding, which could occur in the bayside, riverside and low-lying parts of nearby suburbs. These sandbags are available for collection at depots at Darra, Morningside, Newmarket SES Depot and the Zillmere-North Depot. Beach erosion is likely to continue with the hazardous marine conditions'.

"There are going to be pretty strong winds today of 40km/h, with gales starting tomorrow for Brisbane through to the weekend. quite windy along the coast and in elevated areas", Ms Wong said.

Authorities are warning people not to panic but to prepare themselves and their properties for a weekend of wild weather.

The Bureau has also issued a Flood Watch from Gladstone to the New South Wales border. "Forecast rainfall totals are largely dependent on the cyclone track, and there still are a wide range of scenarios at this point".

"It's all a bit uncertain until Saturday when we should have a better idea of where it is heading but it is all hinging on how close the cyclone comes to the coasts", she said.

The longer the storm lingers, the more damage it is likely to cause as waves as high as six metres have been seen along the shore.

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

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