Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Hunter forecast district
Issued at 4:36 pm EST on Friday 22 May 2015.
DAMAGING WINDS FOR THE HUNTER COAST.
A complex low pressure system lies over the western Tasman Sea. A trough extending from the low to near the Hunter coast is expected to move away to the northeast this evening, with gale-force southerly winds along the coastal fringe between Terrigal and Seal Rocks gradually easing. Winds have already eased to just below gale-force over the Illawarra and Sydney Metropolitan coast and are expected to ease further this easing.
DAMAGING WINDS averaging 55 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for the coastal fringe of the Hunter (including the Central Coast) forecast district, though are expected to gradually ease this evening.
Dangerous surf conditions, hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing, are expected for much of the NSW coast this evening and Saturday.
The Severe Weather Warning for the Metropolitan and Illawarra forecast districts has been cancelled, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
A wind gust of 92 km/h reported from Norah Head today, 90 km/h at Bellambi Point and Molineaux Point (Botany Bay), 89 km/h at Nobby's Head, and 87 km/h at Sydney Airport.
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 pm EST Friday.
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.