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. 

“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.”