Dangerous surf along northern NSW coast

Cyclone Oma keeps tracking our way

Cyclone Oma keeps tracking our way

"When we're going out in these conditions ourselves we're putting our lifesavers and lifeguards at risk and that's not ideal", Jacob Thomson, from Surf Lifesaving Queensland, said.

Signage at distribution centres explains to residents how to use their allotted bags to prevent flooding. These sandbags are available for collection at depots at Darra, Morningside, Newmarket SES Depot and the Zillmere-North Depot.

However, respected models used in the United States and Europe now show an increasing likelihood of the cyclone making landfall in Queensland.

The Bureau yesterday warned that "dangerous surf conditions are forecast to develop about the east coast of Fraser Island and Wide Bay coast north of Bargara".

There are more than a dozen possible paths the system could take, with Brisbane and the Gold Coast potentially right in the firing line.

The Bureau has also issued a Flood Watch from Gladstone to the New South Wales border.

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

"The beaches will get beaten up and there will be rain and flooding, particularly south of Bundaberg", BoM forecaster Adam Blazak told the publication.

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While it is unusual for a cyclone to track this far south, it is not unprecedented.

Swells at some beaches were expected to reach peaks of up to six metres over the weekend, but Mooloolaba and Point Cook recorded 13 metres waves on Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Inland areas which are drought stricken may benefit from the rain Oma brings with itself. Having said that, a very close approach or a coastal crossing does still remain possible next week.

"This has the potential to be a significant beach erosion event given the combination of the large surf, abnormally high tides and the fact that these conditions should persist for a few days", the weather bureau said late on Friday.

"Two and a half, three days ago a lot of our computer models were suggesting that it was going to get quite close to the coast or even cross the coast, which would have been a pretty bad scenario for us in southern Queensland, but we have steadily moved away from that".

Authorities are warning people not to panic but prepare because the system is expected to bring gale force winds and heavy rainfall.

Tropical Cyclone Oma is now Category 1. "There is still uncertainty in the forecast track from Saturday", meteorologist Andrea Peace says in a video update this afternoon.

"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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