Cyclone watch for Queensland cancelled as TC Oma weakens

Cyclone watch for Queensland cancelled as TC Oma weakens

Southeast Queensland is being urged to batten down the hatches as the highly-unpredictable Cyclone Oma powers towards the coast.

"With the centre of the low from the south now expected to stay west of the country until it reaches the upper North Island on Sunday, the Tasman District is only expected to see brief rain this weekend".

Cyclone Oma is storming towards the coast.

Many beaches in Queensland and the NSW north coast remain closed as Oma edges closer to Australia's east coast, causing gale force winds, high tides and severe thunderstorms.

It's expected to continue its slow track towards Brisbane, but at this stage the cyclone is expected to remain offshore.

They are expected to break high tide records again by about one metre on the morning high tides on Thursday and Friday morning.

Sand stock is in place for Gold Coast as it prepares for the storm to affect in the coming days.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said there was still some disagreement about which path the storm will take, but that there was a possibility it could make landfall. "We've already started to see escarping on some of our most popular beaches because this weather event also combines with a king tide".

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This weather may result in a number of hazards, including beach erosion, fallen trees and local or wider flooding. This has triggered a cyclone watch to be issued for northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland.

Weatherzone meteorologist this morning said eastern NSW will experience rain each day during the next week, although the state's parched west looks to miss out once again.

Weather forecasters typically use dozens of different software programs to track a cyclone's likely path, with some predicting Oma will about-face and turn northeast back out to the Pacific while other predictive models show it veering south to New Zealand.

"The bottom line is that it's now a lot more certain the centre of Oma is going to stay quite a long way off the southern coast of Queensland", he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned there would be abnormally high tides and unsafe surf into early next week.

"The heaviest rainfall will be concentrated further north at the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island, however that is heavily dependent on what the cyclone will do".

Even if it does not cross the mainland, the BOM yesterday upgraded the likelihood of the cyclone impacting the coast to "high", or greater than 50 per cent.