Cyclone watch issued for Queensland and NSW as storm cell nears

A surfer taking on a large wave at Point Perry as swell from Cyclone Oma begins to arrive on the Sunshine Coast

A surfer taking on a large wave at Point Perry as swell from Cyclone Oma begins to arrive on the Sunshine Coast

Surfers make the most of large surf at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast on Thursday.Credit:Dave Hunt/AAP.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a "watch" zone from Bundaberg in Queensland to Ballina in NSW, including Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Oma was a weak category two storm early on Thursday, sitting about 950km northeast off Brisbane and is moving slowly towards the coast at around 10km/h.

"Although Oma is not expected to make landfall in the coming days, it will be close enough to produce direct impacts along the Queensland and NSW coast", the bureau has warned.

"Gale-force winds are expected to develop along exposed coastal areas of southern Queensland during Friday, well ahead of Oma, and may extend into coastal parts of northern NSW on Saturday".

Sandbags will be available at 38 Shamrock Road at Darra, 9 Redfern Street at Morningside, 66 Wilston Road at Newmarket, 33 Jennings Street at Zillmere and Herbert Street at Lota.

"We are starting to see the main swell packet from Oma starting to arrive on the south coast of Queensland now", Mr Hall told ABC radio.

However, respected models used in the U.S. and Europe now show an increasing likelihood of the cyclone making landfall in Queensland.

Hazardous surf warnings remain in place for Queensland as well as severe weather warning for abnormally high tides for people in parts of Wide Bay, Burnett, Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Moreton Island, Noosa Heads, Caloundra and Rainbow Beach.

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While the cyclone was not expected to hit the coast, severe weather and hazardous conditions are still forecast along the coast.

As daring beach-goers have captured awesome photos of the risky swell, forecasters are warning that ocean conditions will worsen before Cyclone Oma actually hits.

It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for cyclones to track as far south as Oma could eventually go.

The Sunshine Coast council was "preparing for the worst" with the weather event expecting to pull down power lines.

The longer it stays offshore, the greater the potential damage to beaches as waves of up to six metres pound the shoreline, he said.

"You don't really want a crossing", he said. The storm may linger off the coast only.

Monday will be dry with the winds dropping off quickly in the morning as a high pressure builds.

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"The heaviest rainfall will be concentrated further north at the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island, however that is heavily dependent on what the cyclone will do".

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