King tides expected in Bay as Cyclone Oma approaches

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The rest of New Caledonia remains under cyclone pre-alert.

The biggest impact from Cyclone Oma will be from a marine standpoint. "It's going to be a taste of autumn or a taste of early winter in some parts of New Zealand". You can see their commentary, analysis charts and satellite maps on our website at http://bit.ly/TropicalCycloneActivity.

Oma is moving south westwards at 15km/h.

NIWA forecaster Ben Noll said the category two cyclone was making its way through the Pacific but might not bring immediate relief from the dry weather even if it reaches New Zealand.

A Severe Weather Warning is in place for Fiordland and a Severe Weather Watch for Westland south of Fox Glacier and the Otago Headwaters until Wednesday morning. The different colours shown in the image represent the different cloud top temperatures.

Council and lifeguards are preparing for some rough conditions out on the water this week.

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Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's important there be an "airing" of what happened in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

In the meantime most of the country would continue to experience warm settled weather.

Oma is expected to strengthen slightly as it moves away from the territory.

MetService urged people to stay up to date with the forecast as it became clearer later in the week.

Oma caused damage in Vanuatu's northern provinces and the south of Solomon Islands over the weekend.

Oma has delayed the return to school in North Province until Thursday.

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

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