Cyclone Oma first to close in on Brisbane in nearly 30 years

Cyclone Oma first to close in on Brisbane in nearly 30 years

Cyclone Oma first to close in on Brisbane in nearly 30 years

There are more than a dozen possible paths the system could take, with Brisbane and the Gold Coast potentially right in the firing line.

While the cyclone is not expected to make landfall until the weekend, beach swells are already building and high winds are expected to significantly increase from Thursday night.

'There still are a wide range of scenarios at this point, ' the Bureau of Meteorology's Bruce Gunn said.

The category-two system is now 960 kilometres north-east of Brisbane and is still moving towards the city.

A Severe Weather Warning for Abnormally High Tides and Dangerous Surf and a Hazardous Surf Warning were current.

Gale force winds were expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during Friday well ahead of Oma.

Experts have issued warnings for high winds and risky swell coinciding with king tides along the east coast from Thursday.

On Tuesday, a driver was caught out taking on the big swell at Rainbow Beach, north of the Sunshine Coast, and was forced to abandon a ute, leaving it at the mercy of the pounding waves.

After that, its behaviour is less predictable.

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"A crossing is not certain yet, and there are scenarios where it may linger off the coast", he told AAP.

'That's likely to increase in the next couple of days'.

A hazardous surf warning remained in place for the Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Waters.

"These conditions are then expected to extend south over the remaining south-eastern Queensland coast during this evening and Friday".

"We're going to see gale-force winds developing tomorrow, and not only gale-force winds but conditions along the beach are going to be quite risky".

The Bureau has also issued a Flood Watch from Gladstone to the New South Wales border.

A combination of a king tide and the powerful swell created by the cyclone flooded low-lying streets on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

On the Gold and Sunshine coasts shark nets have been removed and boaties are being urged to seek safe harbour.

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