Cyclone Oma: QLD Braces As Heavy Winds And High Tides Descend

The weather system that saw Queensland experience record-breaking rain just a few weeks ago is still lingering off Australia's east coast.

The category two Cyclone Oma has been on the move for the last week and is currently circling towards Vanuatu, but the effects of the strong winds and rough waters could be felt in Queensland.

"It seems like Oma is not done with Queensland just yet, as it is beginning to track back towards the east coast of Australia," 10's weather expert Josh Holt told 10 daily.

"The system is moving back towards eastern Australia. The large majority of the forecast models at his stage have an upper trough helping to shift the cyclone away from Australia later in the week towards New Zealand," he said.

Cyclone Oma
Cyclone Oma. Image: Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland.

If the cyclone moves as currently forecast by 80-90 percent of models, it is unlikely Oma will cross the Queensland coast.

The biggest impact from Cyclone Oma will be from a marine standpoint.

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"High tides combined with large waves will cause some beach erosion anywhere from Sandy Cape in Queensland to north New South Wales. Visually, the swells along the coast will pick up most likely on Thursday evening into Friday morning and continue over the weekend," Holt said.

Cyclone Oma Large Swells
Large waves are expected on the east coast. Image: Getty Images.

Surfers and beachgoers are being urged to be cautious at beaches in Queensland and northern NSW towards the latter half of the week and over the weekend.

"Currently, hazardous surf warnings have been issued," Holt said.

"Fast moving water and strong currents have already developed and will cause dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers and rock fisherman."

Beachgoers have also been urged to adhere to all local signs and beach closures over the coming days.

Featured Image: Twitter/Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland. 

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