Downgraded Oma moves from Queensland coast, leaving risky surf conditions

Beaches closed as Cyclone Oma brings dangerous conditions

Beaches closed as Cyclone Oma brings dangerous conditions

The system is predicted to take a northerly turn early this week before tracking northwest days later, possibly bringing heavy torrential rains to flood-affected areas around Townsville.

The Tropical Cyclone was upgraded to a Category Two storm on Friday night, as it sat around 380 nautical miles east of Brisbane in the southern Coral Sea, but forecasters predict it will begin to lose steam and weaken to a tropical low on Saturday. Abnormally high tides, risky surf conditions & possible gales continue for SE QLD and far northern NSW.

In NSW, a severe weather warning has been issued from Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour while a hazardous surf warning is in place for the coastline between the Hunter and Tweed Heads over the weekend.

Cape Byron received wind gusts of 95km/h on Saturday morning, as did Moreton Island, north-east of Brisbane.

In Queensland, all Gold Coast beaches remain closed, while Surf Live Saving Queensland confirmed to Yahoo News the remaining beaches up to Bundaberg are now being monitored by lifesavers.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has warned people in the state's southeast against swimming at closed beaches amid fears of complacency following the storm weakening.

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Between Noosa and Mooloolaba, lifesavers rescued 43 surfers on Thursday, the ABC reported.

Mooloolaba received an offshore swell of up to 13 metres on Friday, and Coastalwatch crowed over a video of Kirra Beach showing Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mitch Parkinson and "many more core lords getting mega slotted".

Beachgoers in southern Queensland and northern NSW have been warned of unsafe surf and wind conditions as a cyclone tracks off the Queensland coast.

"But that's still far away into the future".

Noosa has "epic, flawless lines", Coastalwatch said, but the site's chief forecaster, Ben Macartney, warned that the potentially "historic event" for Queensland's beaches included the capacity for large-scale erosion.

Fears of increased bushfire conditions in southeast Queensland due to a lack of recent rainfall have also reduced as high fire-risk areas inland were not expected to receive strong winds.

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