Cyclone Watch: Oma to bring dangerous surf, strong winds to the Gold Coast

Update @6.30am: The Weather Bureau has issued a hazardous surf warning for the Gold Coast, as Cyclone Oma tracks towards our shores.

Swells are expected to pick up drastically late tomorrow afternoon, with waves reaching between 3 and 4 metres in height.

“Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming,” the warning says.


The warning was issued at 4.06am this morning for Gold Coast Waters, Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Moreton Bay.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has also advised the following:

  •  People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
  •  Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
  •  Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
  •  Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
  •  Boaters should remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.


Yesterday @5.30pm: CYCLONE Oma is forecast to whip up dangerous surf and strong winds on the Gold Coast later in the week, but the Bureau of Meteorology says the storm’s core is expected to stay well offshore.

The weather bureau on Sunday said the Category 2 storm was forecast to continue moving southwest towards southeast Queensland over the coming days, before turning away from the coast.

Hazardous swells and waves, however, are still forecast to batter both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts through the later half of the week and into next weekend as the tropical storm skirts the coast.

In particular, the weather bureau warns dangerous conditions are expected on top of king tides at exposed beaches. Erosion will also be likely along the Coast.

“At this stage, Oma is likely to stay away from the Australian east coast,” the bureau said in its Tropical Cyclone Outlook at 2.30pm on Sunday.

“Oma’s southwesterly track makes it moderately likely that the system could enter eastern parts of the Eastern Region from about mid-week, and possibly linger there through next weekend.”

The current forecast track* of Cyclone Oma | (

The current forecast track* of Cyclone Oma | (

At 12pm AEST on Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Oma, category 2, was located west of Vanuatu, about 450km out of Australian waters.

The weather bureau says there is a moderate 20-50 per cent chance that Oma will enter the Eastern Region of the Coral Sea on Wednesday.

While it’s forecast to whip up dangerous surf and strong winds, at this stage the system isn’t forecast to bring much rain to southeast Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology says there’s only a 70 per cent chance of a mere 15mm falling on the Gold Coast on Saturday and again on Sunday.

While there is still some uncertainty as to exactly where Oma will go after Saturday, the majority of weather models are suggesting the system will turn away from southeast Queensland.

*This forecast and the current predicted track of Cyclone Oma is subject to change.

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