The NSW SES is encouraging all Mid North Coast residents to get ready for the possibility of severe weather associated with Cyclone Oma starting later in the week.
High tide levels are predicted and may cause issues in low lying coastal towns.
Heavy seas are also predicted with waves around five metres along our north east coastline. This will cause coastal erosion in some areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is currently monitoring the path of Cyclone Oma, which is currently located near Vanuatu and heading in a south easterly direction.
Oma is being a typical cyclone and is not showing where it is planning to go. Therefore it is hard to be sure about how severe the effects might be.
What we do know is that all cyclones and tropical lows are extremely unpredictable in direction and intensity. They are known to bring heavy rain, dangerous winds and heavy seas.
NSW SES advises that we all need to keep an eye on Tropical Cyclone Oma and monitor its progress daily.
“NSW SES is already preparing in anticipation of possible severe weather. Members have been notified about availability and SES units are already checking their gear,” NSW SES acting Northern Zone commander, Mr Mark Somers said.
“While we are preparing, we advise our communities that now is a good time to check your home or business emergency plan and to restock or update your home emergency kit.”
NSW SES community capability officer, Ms Pettit added, “An emergency plan helps people to know what to do, where to go, how to get there and who to contact if a disaster occurs.
“Your home emergency kit should be packed with items to help you survive in case of power/phone outages or in case you become isolated.”
For further information related to BOM, 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.