South East Queensland braces for wild weather with approach of Cyclone Oma

South East Queensland braces for wild weather with approach of Cyclone Oma”

QUEENSLAND is already feeling the effects of a cyclone bearing down northeast of Australia, with high tides, enhancing swells and risky surf conditions along the southeast coast.

"Later in the week we are expecting high tides anyway, so any big swell coming in over the top of very high tides is going to create hazardous conditions".

"At this stage there is still some uncertainty across the weather model outputs regarding where [tropical Cyclone] Oma will move so there is no definitive answer on its exact path at this point", MetService meteorologist Mark Bowe said in a statement.

"If you're visiting on the beaches and getting close to the foreshore, it becomes quite hazardous due to the strong tidal surges with the swell", Mr Maynard said.

The category two Cyclone Oma has been on the move for the last week and is now circling towards Vanuatu, but the effects of the strong winds and rough waters could be felt in Queensland.

Earlier today, Mayor Tom Tate urged all Gold Coast residents to prepare for the cyclonic conditions coming our way.

Vanuatu's meteorology service has since downgraded Oma to a Category 2 cyclone.

"We'll start to see that come in from Wednesday and it will ease off over the weekend", she said.

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

"Reflecting on what we've done with our beach nourishment over the past two years, including sand pumping, rainbowing onto the beach, and stockpiling 3 million cubic metres on the northern part of our beach, i believe we are well prepared", Mayor Tate said.

Adelaide will reach a high of 26 degrees, while Darwin will peak at 34 degrees with possible storms.

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