Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:04 am Monday, 10 August 2020.

A trough along the New South Wales coast, together with multiple low centres within the trough, are bringing increased winds and surf along the southern and central parts of the coast. The areas of winds and surf should shift to the northern coast on Monday as the system heads north.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are currently occurring about the Illawarra and Sydney coast,and forecast to extend to the Hunter coast this morning, before extending to the Mid North Coast in the afternoon.

DAMAGING SURF, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, may lead to significant beach erosion along coastal parts of the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter coast this morning, and forecast to extend further north to Smoky Cape this afternoon. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas. Surf conditions should ease in the south later Monday, but hazardous surf conditions should persist until Tuesday.
In conjunction with DAMAGING SURF, a Hazardous Surf Warning is also current. See

Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Huskisson and Ulladulla.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South Coast district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
Wind gust observations on Monday:

Bellambi AWS 87 km/h at 03:12 am. Kiama AWS 82 km/h at 02:50 am. North Head AWS 85 km/h at 03:45 pm.

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.