Lifeguards have just pulled 15 swimmers from the water at Noosa's Main Beach as the outgoing tide swept them off their feet and threatened to pull them further offshore.
Oma sends down one of biggest waves recorded on the Sunshine Coast.
A Cyclone Watch for Oma was cancelled overnight with the intense storm now expected to stay well offshore through the weekend.
Tourism centre braces for storm surge impacts as Oma swell continues to rise
The Sunshine Coast beaches vulnerable to Cyclone Oma's power
Storm surge set to cause significant beach erosion across Sunshine Coast.
Latest mapping shows Cyclone Oma may take an unexpected turn
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As Cyclone Oma bears down on Queensland's southeast coast, forecasters warn of extreme weather to come with damaging winds and 500mm of rain.
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