Cyclone Oma Threatens Queensland Residents As It Nears Australian Coasts

Gwen Vasquez
February 22, 2019

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting swells of two metres to pound our beaches today, conditions that will rise dramatically in coming days.

GFS still picks the tropical low directly affecting New Zealand while ECMWF shows Oma doing a complete U turn and reversing back into the tropics this weekend. Temperatures in the South Island would be pushing to reach 15C.

"All models agree with it going south west over the next few days", Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Tom Saunders said on Tuesday. It may be windy and wet enough to prompt severe weather warnings in both islands, or it may push more offshore.

Two of the world's most trusted cyclone computer models, GFS and ECMWF, are still not entirely in agreement about the future tracking of Oma but in the next 36 hours ahead we should have a better idea as to whether or not the first tropical storm of the year to bring some level of threat to New Zealand will make a direct hit or be guided in another path.

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At the other end of the country a frontal feature moves onto the South Island with rain and possible heavy falls forecast. Oma will likely peak tonight before starting to very slowly weaken from Wednesday onwards. Where it goes then depends on which weather model prevails. 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 system is moving back towards eastern Australia".

"Fast moving water and strong currents have already developed and will cause risky conditions for swimmers, surfers and rock fisherman".

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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