Southeast Queensland is being urged to batten down the hatches as Cyclone Oma maintains its path toward the coast.
Authorities are warning people not to panic but prepare, with the system expected to bring wild weather, gale force winds and heavy rainfall.
Oma has weakened to a category two storm and was continuing to move slowly towards Queensland at around 10kmh.
Latest track for tropical #CycloneOma. Oma continues to move slowly southwestwards towards the #Qld coast. We expect to see an increase in swell and winds in the coming days and possibly heavy rainfall over the weekend. Stay updated at https://t.co/gRPGT0oE5P pic.twitter.com/QJOX8Vmh6y
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 20, 2019
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said there was still disagreement about which path the storm will take, but there was a possibility it could make landfall at the weekend.
“On Friday, we will see an increase in wind strength and we are expected heavy rain across the weekend.”
The weather system was already bringing hazardous surf conditions and abnormally high tides.
Some coastal areas could be lashed by 90kmh winds and receive daily rainfall totals of up to 300mm if the cyclone continues its current path.
A severe weather warning remains in place from the Fraser Coast to the NSW border.