Cyclone Watch cancelled as Oma stays offshore

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.

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

But it is expected to strengthen back to a Category Two on Friday.


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It’s currently located 710 kilometres east northeast of Brisbane and 720 kilometres east of Bundaberg and is tracking in a south southwesterly direction at 13 kilometres per hour .

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting Oma to stay offshore and start tracking north on Saturday.

Cyclone Oma Forecast Track Map, 22/02/19 @ 0500. Image: BOM

 

Despite Oma staying away from the Coast, strong winds and big surf are still expected from  the Fraser Coast to the New South Wales border.

A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds, Abnormally High Tides and Dangerous Surf remains in place.

“Gale force winds, with gusts greater than 90km/hr, are expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during Friday well ahead of Oma,” the BOM said in a statement.

Wind gusts of 69 km/h were recorded early this morning at the Gold Coast Seaway while gusts of 59 km/h were recorded at Coolangatta.
All Gold Coast beaches remain closed and will stay shut until at least Monday at the earliest.
Rain is also expected to increase on Friday and Saturday, however the BOM is not expecting the huge downfalls that had been predicted earlier in the week.
Some heavy showers fell on the Gold Coast overnight with 22 millimetres recorded at Coolangatta and 11 millimetres at the Seaway.

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