Ex-cyclone Oma moves offshore

Ex-cyclone Oma is moving offshore


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Oma has been downgraded to a low and may bring showers to the north Queensland coast later this week. Image: Bom.

Oma has been downgraded to a low and may bring showers to the north Queensland coast later this week. Image: Bom.

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Ex-tropical cyclone Oma may bring increased showers to the tropical coast next week as it moves northward.

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TROPICAL Cyclone Oma has this morning been downgraded to a low pressure system and is not expected to significantly impact the Queensland coast.

The weather system has whipped up winds and dangerous surf in the south-east, but the potential for heavy rain has decreased as it backflips and moves to the east.

Bureau of Meteorlogy meteorologist Michael Knepp said the weather system was not expected to have any major impacts on the Queensland coast in the coming days as it begins to move north tomorrow.

He said the system remained unpredictable, but there was only a low chance that it would reform into a cyclone as it moved into waters and began tracking west over tropical North Queensland waters.

"Ex-tropical cyclone Oman is not in our area of responsibility now it was moved into New Zealand waters at the moment and there is no direct impact on the coast except from wind, increasing swells and dangerous surf," Mr Knepp said.

"Over the next few days it is moving south east initially, and will move more eastward later today and drift north from tomorrow.

"It might start going north west again early next week, but it is too early to say where it will head."

Mr Knepp said early indications had the system reaching the far north coast later in the week as a weakened system, which may bring increased rainfall about the north tropical coast.

He said there would be increased showers and thunderstorm in areas west of about Longreach and in the tropics, but heavy falls were not expected.

"We might see increased rainfall but it is highly dependent on its movements and if it stays off shore or not." 

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