Uncertainty continues about Cyclone Oma's track to NZ - Weather Watch

Christopher Davidson
February 22, 2019

About 3,000 homes north of New Caledonia's main island Grand Terre lost power in the last 24 hours after Tropical Cyclone Oma hit the French territory in the South Pacific. It will also create unsafe rips and currents at popular eastern Australian beaches over the next several days.

He said the surf conditions should ease after next weekend, although he noted there was still some uncertainty around how the cyclone might impact the state.

A driver was caught out taking on the big swell at Rainbow Beach, north of the Sunshine Coast, on Tuesday and was forced to abandon his ute, leaving it at the mercy of the pounding waves.

That's the conclusion of Europe's EC weather modelling.

"There will be pretty hazardous conditions", Mr Stoney said.

"It could bring damaging to destructive winds and the swell will be huge whether or not it hits the coast".

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Mr Stoney said Oma was a category 2 cyclone which was expected to stay offshore but could still "have very serious effects on the beaches".

"The current warning for hazardous surf is actually south of the town of 1770 because the reef tends to protect a lot of the Capricornia Coast from incoming swell but the high tides will be an issue".

At the other end of the country a frontal feature moves onto the South Island with rain and possible heavy falls forecast.

Whatever direction Oma heads in, the winds associated with it should cool the Queensland coast. But what we can be certain about is regardless of where TC Oma tracks, New Zealand we will still see some rain and wind this weekend as there is another low waiting in the wings approaching from the south Tasman sea, which could bring decent amounts rain and wind.

The Red Cross on Vanuatu's Santo hopes to get assessment teams out today to the areas worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Oma.The Red Cross on Vanuatu's Santo hopes to get assessment teams out today to the areas worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Oma.

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