Severe Weather Warning

IDN28500

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging and locally destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts

Issued at 8:26 pm EST on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS FOR THE HUNTER COAST WHICH INCLUDES THE CENTRAL COAST.

DAMAGING WINDS, HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING SURF ALONG THE COASTAL FRINGE ILLAWARRA TO HUNTER.

Weather Situation

At 8pm an intense low pressure system was centred just off the Hunter coast near Newcastle. This low is expected to remain slow-moving overnight, maintaining vigorous winds, large seas, and periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Conditions are expected to slowly ease during Wednesday as the low weakens and moves south.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS averaging 90 to 100 km/h with peak gusts to 125 km/h are forecast for coastal parts of the Hunter district (including the Central Coast) tonight and early Wednesday.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h are forecast for the coastal fringe of the Metropolitan and Illawarra forecast districts.

THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY RAINFALL is likely in the Hunter district (which includes the Central Coast), the Metropolitan and Illawarra districts.

VERY HEAVY SURF, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is forecast for the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts. Beach conditions in these areas are dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Wind gusts to date include: 135 km/h at Norah Head and Nobby's Head, 110 km/h at Williamtown, 107 km/h at Molineaux Point and Sydney Airport.

Rainfall totals from 9am Monday to 9am Tuesday include: 312 mm at Dungog, 259 mm at Crawford (near Bulahdelah), 186 mm at Wallsend, 172 mm at Wahroonga (Sydney).

Rainfall totals from 9am to 8pm today include: Maitland 292 mm, Seaham 152 mm and Tocal 158 mm (all in the Hunter Valley).

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.
  • Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.

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

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am EST Wednesday.

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

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