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 5:13 pm EST on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS FOR THE HUNTER COAST, INCLUDING THE CENTRAL COAST.

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

Weather Situation

An intense low pressure system is currently slow moving just off the Hunter coast near Swansea. Severe wind gusts and very heavy rainfall are likely for peak hour into early evening.

Conditions are expected to slowly ease overnight tonight and into Wednesday as the low gradually begins to weaken and move south.

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

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.

HEAVY RAINFALL is likely in the Hunter district including 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, 120 km/h at 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 between 9am and 5:00pm include: Maitland 274 mm, Seaham 152 mm and Tocal 137 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 8:00 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.