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Cyclone Oma threatens Queensland

21 February 2019, 01:25 | Edward Lowe

Debris covers a swath of the Otuwhero River near Marahau after ex Tropical Cyclone Gita hit the Tasman district on February 20 last year

Debris covers a swath of the Otuwhero River near Marahau after ex Tropical Cyclone Gita hit the Tasman district on February 20 last year

Southeast Queensland is bracing for wild weather with huge swells generated by Cyclone Oma to batter the coast during the week.

The weather system that saw Queensland experience record-breaking rain just a few weeks ago is still lingering off Australia's east coast.


Tropical Cyclone Oma is still 1300km off the Queensland coast.

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"We're expecting unsafe surf conditions to get worse from Wednesday and peaking Friday through to Sunday", Queensland forecaster Lachlan Stoney told this morning. It will also create unsafe rips and currents at popular eastern Australian beaches over the next several days.

"In the morning, it's the key time with the combination of the high tide and the swell, so those times will be quite risky, and there's much beach with the size of the swell that we are going to get". It may be windy and wet enough to prompt severe weather warnings in both islands, or it may push more offshore. Katelyn Lynch and Sophie Agius show how its done.

"It's unfortunate, the timing of it all, but it's very risky when you get that king tide with large swells that hit the coast".

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What is known is that some type of new low will form around the New Zealand area this weekend but with so much chaos we can't be specific about how much rain will fall, where and when as of today.

"The swell will begin to increase", she said.

"Reflecting on what we've done with our beach nourishment over the past two years, including sand pumping, rainbowing onto the beach, and stockpiling 3 million cubic metres on the northern part of our beach, i believe we are well prepared", Mayor Tate said.

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"It is going to be quite treacherous being in or near the water in general - we don't want to see too many people in the water, if at all".

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