UPDATE at 9:30 AM | CYCLONE Oma is weakening as it tracks away from the Queensland coast but the Bureau of Meteorology says dangerous seas, strong gales and potentially storm force winds will continue into next week.
In its latest advice at 4.50am on Saturday, the weather bureau said Oma was undergoing “extraopical transition” over the southern Coral Sea and was likely to be “de-named” and downgraded to a tropical low later this morning.
While Oma is forecast to remain well offshore over the weekend and into early next week, its coastal impacts will continue, particularly throughout the weekend.
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As a result of the savage seas, all 34 beaches on the Gold Coast will remain closed this weekend.
City of Gold Coast has also advised its Waste & Recycling Centres at Coomera, Currumbin, Helensvale, Jacobs Well, Merrimac, Molendinar, Mudgeeraba, Numinbah Valley, Reedy Creek, and Springbrook will remain closed today.
Closures may continue on Sunday, depending on weather conditions. Updates will be posted here.
FIRST at 8:30 AM | CYCLONE OMA may no longer be headed towards the south east Queensland coastline, but her wrath is still being felt.
The Tropical Cyclone was upgraded to a Category Two storm on Friday night, as it sat around 380 nautical miles east of Brisbane in the southern Coral Sea, but forecasters predict it will begin to lose steam and weaken to a tropical low on Saturday.
“Oma is expected to move slowly back northwards over the southern Coral Sea during Sunday and Monday, whilst remaining well offshore of the Queensland coast,” the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) confirmed in a statement on Saturday morning.
A gale force wind warning remains in place for the Gold Coast, while all 34 beaches are expected to remain closed until Monday.
#CycloneOma is undergoing extratropical transition though will remain a strong low pressure system. Abnormally high tides, dangerous surf conditions & possible gales continue for SE QLD and far northern NSW. https://t.co/rVLE6i5J4y pic.twitter.com/86A322X8R7
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 22, 2019
“Large and powerful east to southeasterly swells are leading to dangerous surf conditions south of Sandy Cape, which will continue over the weekend and into Monday,” the BoM said.
The powerful swell is also causing major beach erosion, with people urged to be cautious when walking along the foreshore.
Mayor Tom Tate is due to give an update on conditions at 10am.