Gold Coast beaches closed as Cyclone Oma tracks towards Queensland coast

Pablo Tucker
February 22, 2019

If it does, the system would bring "destructive and damaging" winds to Brisbane and southeast Queensland.

There was a "low risk" of direct impact on Queensland, but rough conditions and coastal erosion were expected.

Areas of rain are coming to New Zealand but the jury remains out on whether or not Cyclone Oma will directly impact the country this weekend and early next week.

Uncertainty still looms over whether Tropical Cyclone Oma will hit New Zealand - but dust off the brollies as the rain is coming anyway.

"We'll constantly review the weather forecast over the next 48 hours and upon those reviews and weather forecasts, that's when we'll make a decision where it's safe enough to put the shark control equipment back out to sea", he said. But a number of other global meteorological associations have made a punt it will change direction as it heads towards Australia, which mean it could avoid landfall.

"There will be pretty hazardous conditions", Mr Stoney said.

"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".

Mr Noll said Cyclone Oma's path should be clearer by Wednesday.

This image shows likely wave heights on Friday approaches Queensland. It may be windy and wet enough to prompt severe weather warnings in both islands, or it may push more offshore.

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

"The current warning for hazardous surf is actually south of the town of 1770 because the reef tends to protect a lot of the Capricornia Coast from incoming swell but the high tides will be an issue".

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

As tropical cyclone Oma moves towards the coast, there were concerns it could whip up some big waves that could damage our shoreline. 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.

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