TROPICAL Cyclone Oma is tonight turning away from Queensland and will remain ‘well offshore’ over the weekend after lashing the coast with monster waves and wild 80km/h winds.
The latest track map, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 4.30pm on Friday, shows Oma beginning to turn away from the Queensland Coast.
After creeping southwest towards the Sunshine State for several days, Oma was expected to turn west towards Queensland on Saturday before cruising back up north along the coast.
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But the weather bureau’s latest advice now has Oma turning east back out to sea before heading north later on Saturday or during Sunday.
At 4pm on Friday, the category 1 storm was located roughly 600km east of the Gold Coast.
The new track, however, will push Oma even further out to sea where it’ll be situated about 800km offshore of the Gold Coast on Sunday.
At this stage, the weather bureau says it expects Oma to re-intensify into a category 2 storm overnight. It’s also picked up speed, now moving south-southeast at about 19km/h but is expected to slow down again on Saturday.
Despite Oma’s new course, however, the weather bureau says we can still expect to see dangerous surf, beach erosion and gale force winds continue on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Read more here.
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Gusts greater than 90km/h are expected about exposed parts of the southeast Queensland and far northern New South Wales coasts tonight and tomorrow.
A wind gust of 113km/h was recorded at Cape Moreton about 8:24am on Friday, while an 89km/h gust was recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway around 11.30am.
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The monster swell generated by Oma is also said to be the third most significant swell event in southeast Queensland in 40 years.
Maximum wave heights of 12-13m were also recorded at Mooloolaba and off Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island. These waves are larger than those recorded during Cyclone Oswald.
“This has the potential to be a significant beach erosion event given the combination of the large surf, abnormally high tides and the fact that these conditions should persist for a few days,” the Bureau said.
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“Locally damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 kilometres per hour are likely about the exposed coast and islands between Sandy Cape and the Qld/NSW border today and Saturday.
“These damaging wind gusts may extend to the southern border ranges, inland to about Springbrook and Tamborine Mountain, later today or into Saturday.”
A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds, Abnormally High Tides and Dangerous Surf remains current.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure loose outdoor items.
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
- Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.
- Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
- If near the coastline, stay well away from the water’s edge.
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.