Winds on the rise as cyclone passes by

Tropical Cyclone Ola is forecast to settle down before reaching Australia.
Tropical Cyclone Ola is forecast to settle down before reaching Australia. Source: Bureau of Meteorology

TROPICAL Cyclone Ola may bypass Australia, but that won't stop the coast from copping strong winds and dangerous surf conditions, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

Strong wind and surf warnings have been issued for parts of the coast, including the Byron Bay region. 

The category 3 cyclone was located east of the Australian East Coast as of Tuesday morning, the bureau's website stated.

"Ola is currently moving in a southward direction and weakening," the statement said.

On Tuesday morning, the cyclone was about 400km west-southwest of New Caledonia.  

Ola is expected to move in a south-southwesterly direction for the next 24-48 hours. 

While it may enter the Eastern Australia region on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is likely to be an extra-tropical low by that time, the bureau stated.

For the latest information on severe tropical cyclone Ola, refer to the Fiji Meteorological Service website at

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