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 10:42 am EST on Wednesday 3 September 2014.
GALES AND DAMAGING SURF FOR CENTRAL PARTS OF COAST TODAY.
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, Hunter and southern Mid North Coast districts. 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 or early afternoon, 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 102 km/h have been reported from Wattamolla around 10:00 am.
Wind gusts reported: 96 km/h at Point Perpendicular at 1:30 am, 93 km/h at Little Bay (Sydney coast) at 3:20 am, 89 km/h at Molineux Point (Botany Bay) at 3:30 am, 85 km/h at Albion Park at 2:20 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 5:00 pm 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.