A Tropical Cyclone advice has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for coastal parts of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Gale force winds are developing as Tropical Cyclone Oma approaches the coast, prompting a watch zone for the area between Bundaberg and Ballina. Abnormally high tides are expected into Friday and Saturday, covering an area from Tweed Heads south to Yamba with heavy seas also predicted along the north east coastline causing coastal erosion.
The Bureau of Meteorology is currently monitoring the path of Cyclone Oma, which is heading in a South Easterly direction. Although Oma is now not expected to make landfall in coming days, it will be close enough to produce direct impacts along the Queensland and New South Wales coast.
However what we do know is that all cyclones and tropical lows are extremely unpredictable in direction and intensity. They are known to bring heavy rain, dangerous winds and heavy seas. NSW SES advise that we all need to keep an eye on TC Oma and monitor its progress daily.
NSW SES Operations Commander, Mark Somers said people need to start considering what actions need to be taken if the cyclone threat increases.
“Oma is expected to bring gale force winds, enhanced rainfall and very powerful surf to the north coast for the next four days. The SES is urging all Northern Rivers residents as well as visitors staying at caravan parks to secure annexes and any outdoor items that may blow around during these winds.
“Beachfront houses should prepare for big swells and possible coastal erosion, especially in areas such as Kingscliffe, The Pass, Clarkes Beach, Main Beach and Belongil, New Brighton and beaches in the south of the Byron Shire (Suffolk and Tallow),” Mr Somers said.
NSW SES Community Capability Officer, Janet Pettit said residents in the Northern Rivers need to be alert, not alarmed.
“The SES is urging residents to prepare their properties by tying down loose items, trimming tree branches close to houses and ensuring gutters are clean and in good condition.
“It is also important everyone updates their Home Emergency Kits, just in case power goes out or they become isolated. Make sure torches, radio and batteries are on hand,” she said.