Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts
Issued at 4:16 am EST on Wednesday 22 April 2015.
HEAVY RAIN, DAMAGING WINDS AND DAMAGING SURF ALONG THE COAST FROM ILLAWARRA TO HUNTER.
At 4 am an intense low pressure system was centred just off the Hunter coast near Newcastle. This low is expected to remain slow-moving , maintaining vigorous winds, large seas, and periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Conditions are expected to slowly ease during Wednesday as the low weakens.
DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the coastal fringe.
HEAVY RAIN and THUNDERSTORMS, which may lead to FLASH FLOODING are forecast for parts of the Metropolitan, Hunter and Illawarra forecast 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 could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Rainfall totals from 9am yesterday to 4am today include: Maitland 301 mm, Seaham 152 mm and Tocal 171 mm (all in the Hunter Valley), Wallsend 125mm, Wyee 112mm, Hornsby 109mm .
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 11:00 am 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.