The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the New South Wales coast is in for a weekend of wild weather, with High wind gusts of 100km/h expected to be recorded from Newcastle to the South Coast.
NSW Police cautioned all Sydneysiders to stay out of the water until at least Sunday, after a “hazardous” surf and High wind warning for Greater Sydney was extended.
Forecast to receive up to 20 mm of rain on Saturday, Sydney residents were advised against walking or fishing near surf-exposed areas and to specifically avoid rock platforms exposed to the ocean.
“Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage,” the NSW Police Force Marine Area Command advised in a statement.
“Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.”
Manly ferries were cancelled to and from Circular Quay due to the heavy swell on Friday.
The severe weather warning or High Wind Warning for damaging surf and abnormally high tides includes Port Macquarie, Taree, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra and Batemans Bay. Waves exceeding five metres are predicted, which could result in coastal erosion and damage to beachfront properties.
A separate severe weather warning or High Wind Warning for hazardous winds was extended until mid-Saturday and covers the coasts from Byron Bay to as far south as Eden.
A 98km/h wind gust was recorded at Cabramurra in the Snowy Mountains at 3.59am on Friday, while a 94km/h wind gust was recorded at Murrurundi, in the Upper Hunter near Scone, at 9.27pm on Thursday. A 93km/h wind gust was also recorded at Bellambi in Wollongong at 6.19pm on Thursday.
The wind conditions have put the NSW SES on high alert, with fears powerlines and trees could be at major risk due to the saturation of the soil because of recent rainfall.
The SES stressed that those in areas where wind warnings are in place should move their vehicles away from trees and secure loose items around their homes.
“Keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences,” the NSW SES wrote in a statement on Friday.
“Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall. Stay vigilant and monitor conditions.”
NSW SES Pittwater and Warringah Unit reported receiving 23 requests for assistance on Thursday. Most of the requests were due to fallen trees or powerlines.
Sunny skies are expected following Saturday’s projected rain, with Sunday set to be 26 degrees and mostly sunny. Monday’s forecast is for no rain and 27 degrees.