Severe weather warned for popular Aussie coastal spots as cyclone weakens

SYDNEY (Xinhua) – Authorities warned of severe weather and hazardous surf conditions for Australia’s southern Queensland and far northern New South Wales states yesterday, despite the cancellation of a Tropical Cyclone Oma alert as the major storm weakened.

Gale force winds, with gusts greater than 90km per hour, were possible across coastal regions across the states during the weekend with highest tides of the year also likely to continue, according to the national bureau of meteorology.

“There could be waves up to seven metres over the course of the weekend and in some instances it may be higher,” Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was quoted by the ABC news channel as saying.

“We don’t want to put other people’s lives at risk to save you, so please keep off our beaches this weekend.”