Cyclone Oma threatens to lash the Australian coast with five metre high waves and 120km/h winds as it gains intensity ahead of making landfall

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Queenslanders are bracing themselves as Cyclone Oma makes its way across the Pacific, bringing strong winds and huge swells. With the 120km/h winds on the way, waves could surpass five metres when the cyclone reaches the south Queensland coast on Friday, before making its way to New Zealand.

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cyclone oma thereatens the coasts of Australia and New Zealand. map via Windy.com

Queenslanders are being warned of dangerous swell and strong winds as Cyclone Oma continues to move across the Pacific Ocean.

The Fiji Meteorological Service reported the cyclone is producing winds of up to 120km/h.

Later in the week we are expecting high tides anyway, so any big swell coming in over the top of very high tides is going to create hazardous conditions,‘ Mr Stoney said.

This could be a serious situation later in week combination of things. The main risks are abnormally high tides, hazardous surf, beach erosion and coastal inundation.

The cyclone, which is moving slowly from New Caledonia, will peak from Friday until Sunday, but will move on after in a south easterly direction towards New Zealand’s north Island. 

The savage conditions come after the state’s north was inundated with rain, causing mass flooding in Townsville and destroying 1480 homes. Townsville will dodge Cyclone Oma, which will impact the south east.

Cyclone Oma will remain a category three for another two days, there is a possibility of it being upgraded to a category four but it will likely stay a category three.

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