Source: Bureau of Meteorology

for DAMAGING WINDS and DAMAGING SURF

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

Issued at 10:55 am Tuesday, 14 July 2020.

BLUSTERY WINDS AND HEAVY SEAS ALONG PARTS OF THE NSW COAST

Weather Situation: A deep low pressure system is centred over the central Tasman Sea. This system will bring gusty winds to parts of the New South Wales coast today, and powerful seas to the coast both today and on Wednesday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely over the coastal fringe of the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter (including the Central Coast) and Mid North Coast districts today.

Winds are expected to gradually ease during Wednesday.

VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is possible from this afternoon for the coast between Narooma (on the South Coast) and Smokey Cape (near Kempsey on the Mid North Coast). South and southeast facing parts of the coast are most at risk.

Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

A Hazardous Surf Warning is also current along the entire New South Wales Coast.

Surf conditions are expected to ease from Thursday.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, The Entrance, Foster, Kiama and Moruya.

A gust of 102 km/h was recorded at Bellambi at 7:28am.

A gust of 89 km/h was recorded at Molineaux Point (Botany Bay) at 10:26am.

A gust of 91 km/h was recorded at Newcastle Nobbys at 9:21am.

A gust of 96 km/h was recorded at Norah Head (Central Coast) at 8:57am.

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.