NSW Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and South Coast Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:38 am Sunday, 24 May 2020.

A deep and complex low pressure system over the Tasman Sea is bringing large southerly surf and strong winds to exposed parts of the New South Wales coastline. This low is expected to linger in the region over the next few days before slowly moving away to the east.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, are likely for exposed coastal areas of the South Coast, Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter and Mid North Coast districts on Sunday. For areas along the South Coast district, conditions are expected to gradually ease during the day, however are expected to remain dangerous into Monday for Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter coastlines.

These conditions may produce localised damage and coastal erosion to these areas. Coastal locations exposed to a southerly swell will be most susceptible. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

A separate warning for Hazardous Surf Conditions is also current for the New South Wales coast.

Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Newcastle, The Entrance, Sydney, Wollongong, Ulladulla.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe between Ulladulla and Port Stephens, including parts of Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle, from Sunday morning until Sunday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Huskisson and Ulladulla.

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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.


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