Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds, heavy rain and damaging surf
for people in the Snowy Mountains, Metropolitan, South Coast, Illawarra, Hunter and Southern Tablelands forecast districts
Issued at 11:08 am EST on Monday 4 June 2012.
HIGH WINDS AND LARGE WAVES TO AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN NSW FROM TONIGHT
A deepening low pressure system is expected to move along the southern NSW coast Monday night and Tuesday.
Damaging winds with peak gusts around 110 km/h are forecast for the following forecast districts from tonight: South Coast, Illawarra, Metropolitan, Hunter, Snowy Mountains.
Very heavy surf, combined with water levels above the highest tide of the year, may lead to flooding of low lying areas and coastal erosion, particularly around the time of high tide, on the southern half of the coast. High tides are at around 8pm tonight, then around 9am and 9pm on Tuesday. Forecast districts to be affected include: South Coast, Illawarra, Metropolitan and Hunter. Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Very heavy rain may also lead to flash flooding in the South Coast and Snowy Mountains forecast districts tonight.
Major communities to be affected by this system include:
* Bombala, Eden, Merimbula & Batemans Bay (from tonight),
* Wollongong (from overnight tonight for winds, and from later Tuesday morning for waves),
* Sydney (from later Tuesday afternoon)
* Central Coast and Newcastle (from Tuesday evening).
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.
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 Monday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au
or call 1300 659 218.