Risky surf along northern NSW coast

This Ute was the latest victim of the infamous Mudlo Rocks passing at Rainbow Beach which was inundated with water when a larger than normal engulfed it on Tuesday morning

Cyclone Oma keeps tracking our way

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

"Gale force winds are possible for exposed coastal beaches, combined with heavy rainfall".

Today, Oma is located even less than 1000 km from Brisbane and is moving towards Queensland at the speed of 10 kmph.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said there was still disagreement about which path the storm will take, but there was a possibility it could make landfall at the weekend.

He said for Nelson to get rain, it needed a strong northerly.

Oma prompted the closure of all Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches ahead of the weekend, as authorities warn beachgoers that getting into trouble in unpredictable conditions could leave swimmers and surfers stranded.

"Fuel loads in the Springbrook area are high following dry conditions over the past months".

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Tom Tate, the Mayor of Gold Coast, believes the strong winds will cause the most damage.

The latest advisory from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reports Oma is weakening as it heads east-southeast at nine knots away from the coast and expected to dissipate over the next 24 hours as it swings its track back around to the north.

HOPES of a good drenching in Warwick this weekend have been blown away with Tropical Cyclone Oma now expected to stay well offshore.

After that, its behaviour is less predictable.

"It is also vital to check the security of your anchored vessel and ensure it is prepared for extreme winds and damaging swell".

'We are starting to see the main swell packet from Oma starting to arrive on the south coast of Queensland now, ' Mr Hall told ABC radio.

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

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BOM has issued a hazardous surf warning for the region stretching from 1770 to the Queensland border with the likelihood of a risky surf warning to follow in the days ahead.

While Oma is not likely to make landfall for now, the category 2 storm is still powerful enough to affect the huge area running from Bundaberg through to Brisbane and the northern NSW town of Ballina.

Bureau of Meteorology's Annabelle Ford says Capricorn Coast seas are now seeing waves up to three metres with strong winds.

Water levels on the morning high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around one metre over the next few days.

A flood watch is in place for catchments from south of Gladstone to the New South Wales border.

It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for cyclones to track as far south as Oma could eventually go.

Debris has also been left on the road as two metre, "high-energy" waves crash onto the coast line.

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