Cyclone Oma needed to go north to deliver desperate rainfall

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"Fuel loads in the Springbrook area are high following dry conditions over the past months".

A severe weather warning has been issued from Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour while a hazardous surf warning is in place for the coastline between the Hunter and Tweed Heads over the weekend.

'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.

There were unsafe surf conditions at exposed beaches on the Sunshine and Gold coasts on Saturday, with wild conditions expected to continue on Sunday before easing early on Monday morning.

'Dangerous surf conditions are forecast to develop about the east coast of Fraser Island and Wide Bay coast north of Bargara later this afternoon and evening, ' the bureau warned early on Thursday.

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

Bureau of Meteorology's Annabelle Ford says Capricorn Coast seas are now seeing waves up to three metres with strong winds.

Despite repeated warnings of hazardous surf conditions across Queensland, the monster waves have proved too tempting for some surfers.

All 34 beaches on the Gold Coast will remain closed on Sunday, while many beaches were also closed on the Sunshine Coast.

"It will be parallel from the coast and will keep those large swell conditions continuing into next week", Ms Ford said.

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HOPES of a good drenching in Warwick this weekend have been blown away with Tropical Cyclone Oma now expected to stay well offshore.

The bureau has also cancelled a flood watch for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the NSW border.

Authorities are warning people not to panic but prepare, with the cyclone expected to bring wild weather, 130km/h winds and 500mm of rain in just 24 hours.

While it is unusual for a cyclone to track this far south, it is not unprecedented.

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

Inland areas which are drought stricken may benefit from the rain Oma brings with itself.

"There's slightly more the further east you go but for Warwick itself up to 8mm", he said.

"Sunday night die off but cyclone Oma is very unpredictable". "But that would be maybe a better scenario than if it lingers off the coast".

Forecasting images showed "the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre" but this is "uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting", the Bureau website advises.

"Tuesday could possible be heavier with falls up to 20mm, but that's depending on what the cyclone does".

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