Heartland Magazine Issue 38 February/March Edition

Cyclone Oma Prompts Severe Weather Warning

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Cyclone Oma Prompts Severe Weather Warning

A Severe Weather Warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for abnormally, high tides, damaging and hazardous surf, and damaging winds covering an area from Tweed Heads, south to Yamba as a result of Cyclone Oma.

Abnormally high tides may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas from Tweed Heads to Yamba today and into the weekend while heavy seas are also predicted with waves around 5m along our north east coastline causing coastal erosion.

The Bureau of Meteorology is currently monitoring the south-westerly direction of Oma, with the Tropical Cyclone Watch now cancelled.

NSW SES Operations Commander, Mark Somers said despite TC Oma being downgraded to category 1, the Northern Rivers will still see severe weather over the next three days.

“Oma is expected to bring gale force winds and sea water flooding in low lying areas. These conditions may cause power outages so I would urge residents who need to access medication or are planning to restock their cupboards to do so today.

“It is important households are well prepared with food and water so they can cope with conditions as they continue to develop,” Mr Somers said.

NSW SES Community Capability Officer, Janet Pettit said residents in the Northern Rivers need to be alert, not alarmed.

“The SES is urging residents to prepare their properties by tying down loose items, moving vehicles undercover and keeping a close eye on neighbours, especially if they are elderly.
“It is also important everyone updates their Home Emergency Kits, just in case power goes out or they become isolated. Make sure torches, radio and batteries are on hand,”she said.
Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.

For further information related to Bureau of Meteorology Warnings, please go to www.bom.gov.au.

For more FloodSafe and StormSafe information and a copy of a Home or Business Emergency Plan go to www.sesemergencyplan.com.au .

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