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 11:23 am EST on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS FOR THE HUNTER COAST.

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

Weather Situation

An intense low pressure system near the boundary of the Hunter and Mid North Coast districts is expected to move gradually southwards later today, staying close to the coast as it does.

At 11am a line of dangerous thunderstorms was occurring from about Nelson Bay to Maitland in the Hunter Valley causing localised very intense rainfall. These thunderstorms are being covered in a separate Detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning which should be referred to for the latest information.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS averaging 90 to 100 km/h with peak gusts up to 135 km/h are forecast for coastal parts of the Hunter forecast district (including the Central Coast) today.

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

HEAVY RAINFALL is likely in the Hunter district, but also possible about 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, 120 km/h at Nobby's Head, 110 km/h at Williamtown, 90 to 100 km/h at North Head, 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 between 9am and 11am include: Tocal 81 mm and Elderslie 66 mm (both 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 pm EST Tuesday.

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.