Severe Weather Warning

IDN28500

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, Mid North Coast, Hunter and Illawarra forecast districts

Issued at 4:18 pm EST on Tuesday 2 September 2014.

GALES AND DAMAGING SURF FOR CENTRAL PARTS OF COAST OVERNIGHT.

Weather Situation

A low pressure system over the western Tasman Sea is forecast to deepen significantly tonight and early Wednesday. A large pressure difference between this system and a high to the west will generate vigorous winds along the coastal fringe tonight and Wednesday.

Damaging winds averaging 65 km/h with peak gusts to 100 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe of the Illawarra late this evening, extending to the Sydney Metropolitan coast around midnight, then the Hunter coast and and southern parts of the Mid North Coast in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Very heavy surf, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is forecast for the Hunter and southern parts of the Mid North Coast during Wednesday. Beach conditions in these areas and for most of the remainder of the coast will be dangerous and people are advised to stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

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 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.