Coast beaches now in firing line
ABNORMALLY high tides and dangerous surf conditions were expected along the southern Queensland coast over the next few days and into early next week.
The Bureau of Meteorology has placed the Sunshine Coast and other coastal parts of southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales under cyclone watch, with gales developing as Tropical Cyclone Oma approached.
Maroochydore, Noosa and Caloundra beaches have also been identified as at risk to abnormally high tides tomorrow.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned seas and swell were expected to increase well ahead of the approach of Oma, with dangerous surf developing about the east coast of Fraser Island and Wide Bay coast north of Bargara later today and this evening.
The impacts, some of which were already being felt here, would extend more fully into the Sunshine Coast through to the northern NSW through Friday.
Hazardous marine conditions would persist along with erosion of exposed coastal beaches.
Cyclone Oma remained a Category 2 system with winds at the centre gusting to 130km/h.
It was located 890km northeast of Brisbane, travelling southwest at 11km/h.
Exposed-beach water levels at tomorrow morning's high tide were likely to exceed the highest tide of the year by around one metre.
The BOM has warned residents from Bundaberg to the NSW/Queensland border should consider what action they would need to take if the cyclone threat increased.
Locations which may be affected by the combination of increasing surf and abnormally high tides include Maroochydore, Noosa and Caloundra, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Seventeen Seventy and the Gold Coast.
The BOM anticipated issuing a Tropical Cyclone Watch for areas between Bundaberg and Ballina.
Surf Life Saving Australia has recommended people stay out of the water and well away from surf-exposed areas.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said people living in beach front properties should check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items.
QFES advised people to stay well clear from the water's edge; not to drive, walk or ride through flood waters and to keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Sunshine Coast Council is operating a Do It Yourself Sandbag station at Nambour Showgrounds from 2pm today.