Wild Winds Head For QLD And NSW As Oma Is Downgraded

Tropical Cyclone Oma has weakened to a category one system, but is expected to intensify again on Friday.

Oma is expected to continue to move in a southwesterly direction on Friday and early Saturday morning. The weather system is moving slowly, at about 13 km/h, and by Saturday afternoon she's expected to start moving slightly north.

The cyclone will remain offshore throughout the weekend and into early next week. The Bureau of Meteorology says it's unlikely Oma will move across the coast, but is warning residents not to rule out sudden changes.

"This system is still evolving, and we continue to monitor Oma's track," BoM New South Wales tweeted on Thursday evening.

The Cyclone Watch warning issued on Thursday for areas between Bundaberg in Queensland's south and  Ballina in northern NSW has been cancelled, but hazardous surf warnings remain in place.

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Abnormally high tides and wild winds are still expected for much of the affected coastline. 10's weather expert Josh Holt said most of the damage will be felt from a marine standpoint.

Cyclone Oma
Cyclone Oma has been downgraded to a category one storm. Image: Bureau Of Meteorology

"Abnormally high tides are expected along the southern Queensland coast in the coming days," Holt said.

He added that "waves of three-to-four metres are also possible, causing beach erosion."

In some areas waves as high as eight metres were predicted.

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New Zealand's weather bureau MetService also predicted heavy rains for the nation's North Island. A severe weather warning has been issued for Northland, with sharp temperature drops and gale-force winds expected.

New Zealand local media reports heavy winds from the cyclone have uprooted trees, and damaged houses in the Torba and Sanma provinces of Vanuatu.

Featured Image: Bureau of Meteorology. 

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