Call off the alarms.
The forecast for tropical Cyclone Oma has been majorly downgraded, and it is now likely that the category 1 storm will stay offshore.
While people are still told to avoid the beaches areas prone to flooding in high tides, the immediate threat is much less.
Tropical Cyclone Oma is now Category 1. The Cyclone Watch has been cancelled as the system is forecast to stay offshore through the weekend. Abnormally high tides & dangerous surf conditions continue. Refer to the latest Severe Weather Warnings #CycloneOma https://t.co/rVLE6i5J4y pic.twitter.com/nml5iOrBYt
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 21, 2019
“A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds, Abnormally High Tides and Dangerous Surf is current. A Hazardous Surf Warning is also current,” the Bureau of Meteorology states.
“Gale force winds, with gusts greater than 90km/hr, are expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during Friday well ahead of Oma.
“Gale force winds are also possible about elevated terrain near the New South Wales border during Friday. Gales may extend into coastal parts of far northern New South Wales on Saturday.”