Tropical Cyclone Oma strengthens as its heads towards south-east QLD

Tropical Cyclone Oma has intensified into a Category Three system as it tracks towards Queensland, but its exact path is still anyone’s guess.

Oma is currently sitting just north of New Caledonia, approximately 1100km off the Queensland coast.

Adam Blazak from the Bureau of Meteorology says it’s too early to tell which way it will head.


“Generally there’s a three day forecast for tropical cyclone tracks because beyond that it does become a little bit speculative.”

Meteorologists can’t rule out the chance that Oma will cross the Queensland coast somewhere in the south-east, possibly on the weekend.

Experts expect Oma to get within a few hundred kilometres of the Queensland coast where it will hover for a few days.

Image: Fiji Meteorological Service

It’s then likely to head back towards the north instead of heading towards New Zealand as originally predicted.

Swells are forecast to start picking up from late Tuesday night ahead of a king tide on Wednesday morning.

Those swells will gradually increase over the next couple of days as Oma gets closer with the Bureau of Meteorology now tipping swells of between four and six metres on Friday.


Acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard says it’s highly likely beaches will be shut down over coming days as conditions deteriorate.

“We’ll probably have the beaches closed on Thursday definitely and leading into the weekend on Friday and Saturday we’ll just monitor each day as it comes.”

Mr Maynard is also urging anyone going near Gold Coast beaches to be extra careful.

“(If you’re) having a look on the beaches or having a walk, just be very wary. Just stay up nice and high because with the swell and the periods in between the waves there is a bit of power but also it can catch you by surprise.”

Council also continues to monitor beaches for scarping.

There’s been more erosion today at Kirra, The Spit, the southern corner of Burleigh and Margaret Ave at Broadbeach.

Council officers today removed some fencing and a shower from the southern end of Kirra and are keeping a close watch on other parts.

Some fencing has also been taken down at Currumbin.

Mayor Tom Tate says Council is already taking action while works to restore the seawall at Narrowneck were also being ramped up ahead of Oma’s arrival.

“We’ve activated the heavy equipment and we’ve accelerated work along the northern part of our city,” Mayor Tate said.

“We’ve got three million cubic metres of sand stockpiled which is ready to go.

We’re monitoring the cyclone and it’s looking as if Oma will get here Thursday, Friday and the northern beaches will be the ones that close because the rips are a lot stronger.”