Oma puts northern NSW on cyclone watch

Oma puts northern NSW on cyclone watch

While risky surf conditions are already being reported along Queensland's coast, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned northern NSW residents will likely start noticing the storm's impact from today.

Forecasters said it's less likely that Cyclone Oma will cross the Queensland coast, but people are still being warned to expect high winds and unsafe swell.

Surf lifesavers say the building swell is likely to force the closure of beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

Unsafe winds, surf and abnormally high tides were expected to continue into the weekend from near Fraser Island down to the NSW border.

An analysis provided to emergency groups shows a possibility the weather event will spear north and sit near Bundaberg for much of next week.

Forecasters say the weather system will continue to bring high winds and risky surf conditions to parts of the Queensland and northern NSW coast in coming days.

While it's not expected to cross the coast, Oma will come close enough for winds to lash the coast in southeast Queensland and far northern New South Wales.

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

"Gale force winds are possible for exposed coastal beaches, combined with heavy rainfall".

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Hazardous surf warnings remain in place for Queensland as well as severe weather warning for abnormally high tides for people in parts of Wide Bay, Burnett, Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Moreton Island, Noosa Heads, Caloundra and Rainbow Beach.

"There are going to be hazardous conditions on our surf and there could be waves up to seven metres over the course of the weekend, and in some instances it may be higher", Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday.

On the Gold Coast, council crews have begun removing sand dune fencing from vulnerable beaches expected to cop the worst of massive swells expected to roll in.

It is expected to move southwest over the next few days and will generate an increasing east to north easterly swell at Southern Queensland beaches.

"The bureau has issued a Flood watch from Gladstone to the NSW border".

"The chance of Cyclone Oma hitting is less likely now, however it can't be ruled out", BoM forecaster Kimba Wong said.

He said for Nelson to get rain, it needed a strong northerly.

The slow-moving system is in the Coral Sea about 700 kilometres north-east of Brisbane.

Mr Hall said there would still be impacts to the Queensland coast.

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