Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts
Issued at 4:31 am EST on Monday 20 April 2015.
DAMAGING WINDS ALONG THE COASTAL FRINGE LATER MONDAY.
A strengthening high pressure ridge over the southern Tasman Sea combined with a developing low off the New South Wales coast is expected to produce gale-force southeasterly winds along the central part of the coast later Monday. The low is likely to deepen and move towards the Hunter or southern Mid North Coast during Tuesday with gale-force winds continuing and seas rising further.
Damaging winds averaging 55 to 65 km/h with gusts to about 100 km/h are forecast to develop along the coastal fringe of the Metropolitan, Hunter (including the Central Coast) and Illawarra forecast districts Monday afternoon and evening. Dangerous surf conditions are also expected to develop later today, and localised heavy rain is possible.
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 Monday.
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.