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Qld braces for more wild weather

Qld braces for more wild weather

Cyclone Oma was upgraded to Category 3 over the weekend, after it lashed the northern islands of Vanuatu, reportedly bringing down trees and houses in the area.

"Especially those open beaches from Miami right through to the Seaway, the beaches are in good conditions, they're pretty flat, so there's going to be a lot of water running up into the vegetation", Mr Maynard said.

Mr Stoney said Oma was a category 2 cyclone which was expected to stay offshore but could still "have very serious effects on the beaches".

Areas of rain are coming to New Zealand but the jury remains out on whether or not Cyclone Oma will directly impact the country this weekend and early next week. Hard, dry soil could mean flooding for some areas because rain won't be easily absorbed into the ground.

Oma will track from the Coral Sea to the Tasman Sea around Friday and this is when the computer models still disagree about where Oma goes next.on to New Zealand as an extra-tropical low, or does the edge of Oma's flow help generate an entirely new low over the country as a big southerly arrives this Friday and weekend?

The most she could say with confidence at this early stage was that it would up in the north Tasman Sea.

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A severe weather warning is in place for Fiordland and the MetService is keeping an eye on Westland south of Fox Glacier, and the Otago Headwaters until Wednesday morning. "There may even be snow in high elevations of the South Island", he said.

TC Oma Key messages for New Zealand Monday 18th: Our tropical cyclone experts have been monitoring TC OMA from before it formed and will continue to do so.

The state is current enduring a heatwave - Brisbane is now entering its 40th day with a maximum high of more than 30C.

"The general expectation is that it will start to move in a south easterly direction towards New Zealand's north Island".

The frontal feature is likely to cause rain as it moves onto the South Island.

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