CYCLONE Oma has been upgraded to a destructive Category 3 system as it continues to bear down on the Queensland coast.
'We are starting to see the main swell packet from Oma starting to arrive on the south coast of Queensland now, ' Mr Hall told ABC radio.
A ideal storm bringing king tides and massive swells could hit the region with its fiercest battering in years.
Queensland Surf Life Saving services co-ordinator Nathan Fife said although Cyclone Oma has moved off the Coast it is looking that it will move south today.
"Beaches are closed and authorities are warning the public to stay out of the water this weekend for their own safety".
"When we're going out in these conditions ourselves we're putting our lifesavers and lifeguards at risk and that's not ideal", Jacob Thomson, from Surf Lifesaving Queensland, said.
Weather prediction models now suggest Oma will be 300km off the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, but for how long, and where it goes next is anyone's guess.
In Ballina and Byron Bay, residents were cautioned of rising tides, ocean swell and unsafe surf, with an abnormally high-tide warning issued for Ballina.
"That's likely to increase in the next couple of days".
The swell was picking up at Alexandra Headland and The Bluff on the Sunshine Coast.
A severe weather warning is in place for Queensland's east coast from the town of Seventeen Seventy to the NSW border.
A Gold Coast wave monitoring buoy recorded a maximum nine-metre wave about lunch time on Saturday.
The latest advisory from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reports Oma is weakening as it heads east-southeast at nine knots away from the coast and expected to dissipate over the next 24 hours as it swings its track back around to the north.
Damaging wind gusts of more than 90km/h were expected on Saturday afternoon and night in exposed areas of the coast and islands between the Sunshine Coast and the New South Wales border.
Despite repeated warnings of hazardous surf conditions across Queensland, the monster waves have proved too tempting for some surfers.
A vehicle drives down flooded Tingira St during the king tide in Portsmith, Cairns.
Computer modelling indicates that Oma will be moving towards the Capricorn Coast on Sunday and early next week. "Beach erosion is likely to continue with the hazardous marine conditions".
"Fuel loads in the Springbrook area are high following dry conditions over the past months".
Tropical Cyclone Oma is now Category 1. How said residents of the affected areas could expected "very heavy rainfall, gale force winds and storm surges" and these conditions, along with abnormally high tides, could cause flooding.
Uncertainty remains in the possible movement of the cyclone, with the potential for heavy rainfall in the region over the weekend or early next week.