CYCLONE OMA: Fears turn to severe beach erosion
A CYCLONE Watch for Oma was cancelled overnight with the intense storm now expected to stay well offshore through the weekend.
Oma has weakened to a Category One system but was expected to re-intensify.
It is currently located 720km northeast of Brisbane and was travelling south, south-west at 13km/h.
Oma would re-intensify to Category Two through today and continue moving in a generally south to south-westerly into early Saturday.
Its motion was then expected to shift slowly to the north during Saturday, remaining offshore through the weekend and early next week.
The BOM said abnormally high tides and dangerous surf conditions would continue along the southern Queensland coast over the next few days and into early next week.
Several waves in excess of 7.5m were recorded overnight at the Mooloolaba wave buoy which was located to sea off Yaroomba.
The significant wave height had also climbed past three metres while the period remained around 11 seconds.
Winds gusted to 57 km/h overnight at the Sunshine Coast Airport with gusts to 44 km/h at 5.04am.
Showers near the coast have also seen 8mm of rain fall at the airport.
"Seas and swell are already increasing well ahead of the approach of Oma with dangerous surf about the east coast extending from far northern New South Wales northwards to Seventeen Seventy, just north of Bundaberg," the BOM said in a statement.
" Beach erosion is likely to continue with the hazardous marine conditions."
A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds, Abnormally High Tides and Dangerous Surf remained current as does a Hazardous Surf Warning.
The BOM said gale force winds, with gusts greater than 90km/h, were expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during today well ahead of Oma.
Gale force winds were also possible about elevated terrain near the New South Wales border during today and may extend into coastal parts of far northern New South Wales on Saturday.
Water levels on the high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around one metre over the next few days.