Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Northern Rivers Forecast District.
Issued at 10:28 am Friday, 22 February 2019.
ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES, DAMAGING WINDS AND SURF TODAY AND SATURDAY ALONG PARTS OF THE NORTH COAST
As of 6am AEST on Friday, tropical cyclone Oma (category 1) was located 710 kilometres east northeast of Brisbane. It is expected to continue moving in a generally south to southwesterly direction during Friday and early Saturday. Oma's motion becomes slow moving to the north during Saturday, remaining offshore through the weekend and early next week. Strong winds and large waves will be whipped up along northern parts of the coast today and Saturday, coinciding with king tides.
ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas are possible north of Yamba today and Saturday.
Water levels at high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre.
DAMAGING SURF conditions, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, may produce significant beach erosion along the NSW coast from Coffs Harbour to the Queensland border from Friday, and continue into Saturday.
HAZARDOUS SURF conditions are also forecast over the northern New South Wales coast today, extending to central parts of the coast over the weekend.
Locally DAMAGING WIND gusts in excess of 90 km/h may develop about the exposed parts of the coast near the Queensland border today and into Saturday. These damaging wind gusts may extend to the northern border ranges later today.
Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba, Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour and Brunswick Heads.
VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is ... possible/likely/expected ... describe location and timing ...
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba and Woolgoolga.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.