Tropical Cyclone Watch: Bundaberg to Ballina, including Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 11:04 am EST on Thursday 21 February 2019

Cyclone Watch issued for coastal parts of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales with Gales developing as Tropical Cyclone Oma approaches.

Areas Affected:
Warning Zone

Watch Zone
Bundaberg to Ballina, including Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Cancelled Zone

Details of Tropical Cyclone Oma at 10:00 am AEST:
Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 35 kilometres of 22.6 degrees South 160.0 degrees East, estimated to be 890 kilometres northeast of Brisbane and 820 kilometres east northeast of Bundaberg.

Movement: southwest at 11 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Oma is expected to continue moving in a general southwesterly direction towards the southeast Queensland coast during today and Friday, whilst maintaining category 2 intensity. Oma's motion becomes slow moving during Saturday but is then expected to track in a more north or northwest direction, remaining offshore through the weekend. Although Oma is not expected to make landfall in the coming days it will be close enough to produce direct impacts along the Queensland and New South Wales coast.

Abnormally high tides and dangerous surf conditions are expected along the southern Queensland coast over the next few days and into early next week. Seas and swell are expected to increase well ahead of the approach of Oma with dangerous surf developing about the east coast of Fraser Island and Wide Bay coast north or Bargara later this afternoon and evening. These conditions are then expected to extend south over the remaining southeastern Queensland coast and northern New South Wales coast during this evening and Friday. Beach erosion is likely to continue with the hazardous marine conditions.

Severe Weather Warnings for Abnormally High Tides and Dangerous Surf are current. A Hazardous Surf Warning is also current.

Gale force winds are expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during Friday well ahead of Oma, and may extend into coastal parts of Northern New South Wales on Saturday.

Water levels on the high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around one metre on the morning high tides over the next few days.

Recommended Action:
People between Bundaberg and the NSW/Qld border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases.

- Information is available from your local government

- For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website (

- For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

The NSW State Emergency Service advise people between the NSW/Qld border to Ballina:

- Stay indoors away from windows and keep children indoors.

- Don't walk, ride your bicycle or drive through flood water, and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

- Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.

- Stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

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