Tropical Cyclone Oma Weakening, Swell Keeps Pumping for Gold Coast and More

Cyclone Oma keeps tracking our way

While the tropical cyclone is moving away from the coast, easterly and northeasterly swells are expected to increase in the next few days, leading to further hazardous surf conditions.

A hazardous surf warning has been issued for Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina and Brunswick Heads.

Cyclone Oma was expected to turn west towards Queensland before heading north along the coast but it is now forecast to turn east and head another 200km out to sea before adopting a northerly track.

Weather warning continues for areas right from the New South Wales Border to the Fraser Coast.

Sunny Nelson is set to pay the price for being known for its good weather as it avoids most of Cyclone Oma's wrath.

Bureau of Meteorology's Annabelle Ford said there was the potential for rain but there was a bit of uncertainty of if and where the cyclone might cross the coast.

Surf lifesavers say the building swell is likely to force the closure of beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

Increasing swell and abnormally high tides are expected south of Sandy Cap from Wednesday morning.

"It will be parallel from the coast and will keep those large swell conditions continuing into next week", Ms Ford said.

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The bureau has also cancelled a flood watch for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the NSW border.

Significant erosion to the coastline is being forecast. How said residents of the affected areas could expected "very heavy rainfall, gale force winds and storm surges" and these conditions, along with abnormally high tides, could cause flooding.

It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for cyclones to track as far south as Oma could eventually go.

"A lot of the rainfall through the southeast will be a result of the cyclone but in terms of having large totals we were potentially seeing, now that cyclone is staying offshore a lot of those have been revised downwards", Mr Gray said.

"Oma swell is bigger than that of [Tropical Cyclone] Debbie, the surf is still very risky as you can see out there and my attitude is that the warning has been issued, the beaches are closed, the sea wall at The Spit is closed", he said. "But that would be maybe a better scenario than if it lingers off the coast".

"However areas where intense rainfall is recorded are likely to respond quickly", it read.

Latest satellite loop of weakening Tropical Cyclone Oma.

"Due to the uncertainty in the future movement, the indicated winds will nearly certainly extend to regions outside the rings on this map", it said.

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