Severe Weather Warning


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, Mid North Coast, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts

Issued at 5:05 am EST on Wednesday 3 September 2014.


Weather Situation

A deep low pressure system lies over the western Tasman Sea, it is is expected to move slowly to the east later today. A large pressure difference between this system and a high to the west will generate vigorous winds along the coastal fringe today and large seas.

Localised damaging winds averaging 65 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h along the coastal fringe of the Illawarra and Sydney Metropolitan districts are expected to extend to coastal parts of the Hunter and southern Mid North Coast districts early this morning. The area around Port Stephens and Seal Rocks is expected to be particularly exposed. Winds are likely to ease slightly in the Illawarra and Sydney Metropolitan districts later this morning, with a more general easing expected late in the day.

Very heavy surf, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is forecast for the Hunter and southern parts of the Mid North Coast during Wednesday. Beach conditions in these areas and for most of the remainder of the coast will be dangerous and people are advised to stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Wind gusts to 115 km/h have been reported from Wattamolla (an exposed coastal location in the Royal National Park) this morning.

Wind gusts reported: 96 km/h at Point Perpendicular at 130 am, 93 km/h at Little Bay (Sydney coast) at 320 am, 89 km/h at Molineaux Point (Botany Bay) at 330 am, 85 km/h at Albion Park at 220 am.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11:00 am EST Wednesday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 218.

The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.