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 4:46 am EST on Tuesday 2 September 2014.
GALES AND DAMAGING SURF FOR THE CENTRAL PART OF COAST TONIGHT.
A low pressure system is forecast to develop over the western Tasman Sea today then deepen tonight and Wednesday morning with strong to possibly gale-force southwesterly winds for coastal areas.
Damaging winds averaging 65 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are possible along the coast fringe of the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra and southern parts of the Mid North Coast forecast districts Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast for the Hunter forecast district and southern parts of the Mid North Coast forecast district for Wednesday. Beach conditions in these areas and for most of the remainder of the coast will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
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.
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.
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 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.