Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan and Illawarra forecast districts
Issued at 9:58 am EST on Wednesday 22 April 2015.
PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS FOR SYDNEY AND THE ILLAWARRA.
WIND AND RAIN HAVE NOW EASED IN THE HUNTER VALLEY INCLUDING THE CENTRAL COAST.
At 9 am a low pressure system was centred just off the Hunter coast. This low is expected to remain slow-moving and gradually weaken.
Periods of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and squally winds are continuing though the Illawarra and Sydney Metropolitan areas although the widespread sustained gale force winds have eased.
The most severe conditions have peaked and will continue to ease during Wednesday as the low weakens.
Brief periods of DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts of 100 km/h are possible at times along the coastal fringe.
HEAVY RAIN and THUNDERSTORMS, which may lead to FLASH FLOODING are forecast for parts of the Metropolitan and Illawarra forecast districts although conditions will gradually improve into this afternoon.
VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast for the Metropolitan 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.
The Severe Weather Warning for the Hunter forecast district has been cancelled. Occasional heavy showers may still occur today and the situation will continue to be monitored.
Rainfall totals from 9am yesterday to 4am today include: Maitland 308 mm and Seaham 198 mm (both in the Hunter Valley), Reverces 176mm (Illawarra), Wallsend 131mm, Hornsby 135mm.
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.
- 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 5:00 pm 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.