King tides expected in Bay as Cyclone Oma approaches

A man walks through floodwaters to retrieve his dog in Riwaka Tasman after heavy rain from ex Tropical Cyclone Gita flooded parts of New Zealand in February last year

King tides expected in Bay as Cyclone Oma approaches

"The best chance of rain will be on Sunday where up to 15mm could fall, but we could also see nothing, so it will be fun to watch". Where it goes then depends on which weather model prevails.

"We'll constantly review the weather forecast over the next 48 hours and upon those reviews and weather forecasts, that's when we'll make a decision where it's safe enough to put the shark control equipment back out to sea", he said.

"It's unfortunate, the timing of it all, but it's very risky when you get that king tide with large swells that hit the coast".

"Especially those open beaches from Miami right through to the Seaway, the beaches are in good conditions, they're pretty flat, so there's going to be a lot of water running up into the vegetation", Mr Maynard said.

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

Mr Stoney said while the bureau was expecting the cyclone to remain offshore its effects would still be felt.

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This image shows likely wave heights on Friday approaches Queensland.

The weather warning covers the Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast and waters around the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast.

Volunteers at Bribie Island rescued a 25-year-old male swimmer stuck in a tidal current while three have been rescued at Noosa Heads Main Beach due to rips. OMA could pass far off the coast of northern Grand Terre on 19-20 February, strenghthening, with maximum sustained winds up to 130 km/h.

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.

What is known is that some type of new low will form around the New Zealand area this weekend but with so much chaos we can't be specific about how much rain will fall, where and when as of today.

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