Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
Severe Weather Warning
for ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES
For people in parts of Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.
Issued at 11:02 pm Tuesday, 19 February 2019.
Increasing swell and abnormally high tides expected south of Sandy Cape from Wednesday morning.
Weather Situation: At 10pm AEST, tropical cyclone Oma lies in the northeast Coral Sea approximately 1200 kilometres northeast of Brisbane. Tropical cyclone Oma is expected to move to the southwest over the next few days, and will generate an increasing east to northeasterly swell over southern Queensland beaches.
Water levels on the high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre on the morning high tide on Wednesday morning.
Water levels on the high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around one metre on the morning high tides on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Moreton Island, Noosa Heads, Caloundra and Rainbow Beach.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* If near the coastline, stay well away from the water's edge.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it's flooded, forget it.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 am AEST Wednesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.