Beaches closed as Cyclone Oma brings unsafe conditions

Beaches closed as Cyclone Oma brings unsafe conditions

Residents in flood-affected north Queensland could be bracing for more rain with predictions ex-tropical cyclone Oma will head in their direction.

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.

The storm, located more than 800 kilometres off Brisbane and moving slowly southeast, will continue to bring abnormally high tides, damaging winds and large swells bringing beach erosion.

Surf life savers are urging people to stay away from beaches and to avoid placing their lives at risk. CYCLONE Oma is weakening as it tracks away from the Queensland coast but the Bureau of Meteorology says risky seas, strong gales and potentially storm force winds will continue into next week.

Modelling shows the system taking a northerly turn early this week before tracking northwest days later.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp said waves of five metres were recorded along the coast.

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A severe weather warning is in place from Fraser Island to the New South Wales border for risky surf and abnormally high tides caused by the now sub-tropical low.

NSW SES officer Mark Somers warned waves are going to be bigger and more damaging, and are so risky even rescue services may not be able to head out in the water.

"It's in New Zealand waters and it's actually moving further away from the coast".

"It did sit a little bit further offshore but if hit had have come closer we would have seen heavier rainfall and stronger winds".

A gale force wind warning remains in place for the Gold Coast, while all 34 beaches are expected to remain closed until Monday.

The system was predicted to move north next week.

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