MOVING NORTH: Surfers watch on as the giant swell from Cyclone Oma hits Snapper Rocks.
MOVING NORTH: Surfers watch on as the giant swell from Cyclone Oma hits Snapper Rocks. Conal Healy

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma headed North

UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology have released a Hazardous Surf Warning for tomorrow, Monday 25, along Byron Coast, Coffs Coast and Macquarie Coast.

NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:

  • People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
  • Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
  • Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
  • Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
  • Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.

ORIGINAL: AFTER an unpredictable week watching cyclone movements and severe weather warnings, the Bureau of Meteorology confirms that Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma is moving northwards over the Coral Sea, away from New South Wales.

Severe weather warnings for damaging surf still continues.

Large seas are lingering in its wake, although conditions are on a gradual easing trend.

BoM warns damaging surf conditions, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, may produce significant beach erosion along the coast north from Coffs Harbour today.

The main period of concern is around the high tide in the early afternoon. Beach conditions in these areas are dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Damaging winds are no longer expected, but will remain fresh and gusty in exposed areas.

Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Evans Head, Yamba, Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.

Wind gusts up to 96 km/h were recorded at Cape Byron on Saturday.

Maximum wave heights exceeding 10m recorded offshore from Byron Bay on Saturday.

A hazardous surf warning is also current for coastal areas north from Sydney, advising that surf and swell conditions are expected to be dangerous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) have also released a statement saying that they will continue to monitor conditions on the North Coast as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma continues to deliver dangerous surf conditions and gale force winds:

TC Oma was downgraded to a sub-tropical low yesterday however the weather system is still causing dangerous coastal conditions from the Queensland border down to Coffs

Harbour with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) maintaining a Severe Weather Warning for that area.

NSW SES members have been continuously monitoring coastal conditions at locations like Kingscliff, Brunswick Heads and Belongil as damaging surf, damaging winds and abnormally high tides cause erosion to the coastline and the risk of sea flooding.

NSW SES Incident Controller, Tony Day said these conditions are forecast to continue today and the organisation will remain on stand bye in case the situation deteriorates.

"The BoM now has Ex-tropical Cyclone Oma tracking in a northward direction. The NSW SES will continue to watch the system today and into Monday and respond to calls for help as they come in.

"I want to thank NSW SES volunteers who have travelled from the South Coast, Central Coast and Western regions, who have taken time away from their families to help support us during TC Oma,” Mr Day said.

NSW SES Public Information Officer, Janet Petit said information provided by the public was extremely helpful in informing decisions during TC Oma.

"Since Friday morning the NSW SES has been encouraging community members to send in photographs and updates on coastal conditions in their area. Due to the scale and unpredictable nature of the cyclone we have relied on residents and volunteer organisations to paint a picture of how this weather system has impacted our coast.”

"These photos will be used as intelligence to for other similar weather events in the future,” she said.

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