UPDATED: South east braces for Cyclone Oma

As Tropical Cyclone (TC) Oma continued to move closer to the south east Queensland coast, RACQ has urged residents to prepare themselves and their families for wild weather conditions.

The Courier Mail reported south east Queensland residents have been told to brace for up to 300 millimetres of rain in the coming days and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has predicted the system could deliver gales and hazardous conditions on the coast from Friday.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said TC Oma was currently near New Caledonia and continued to track south west – modelling suggested it could cross the coast between Mackay and Fraser Island by Saturday.

“At the moment the category three system is positioned 1,100 kilometres off the Queensland coast, but we’ve already seen some of its force,” Ms Ross said.

“The Bureau says coastal conditions are expected to become increasingly hazardous this week with destructive winds and high tides as the predicted wild weather edges towards us, so it’s time to prepare.

“It’s vital home owners remove debris, like branches and trees, from around the property, clean their gutters and make sure the roof is secure and doesn’t leak. Residents in low-lying areas may be affected by tides and should stock up on sand bags if they’re concerned.”