It’s wet out there and the wild weather is only going to get worse; as a system brings heavy rain and high winds to Sydney Sunday and into Monday.
A low pressure system that formed off the southern Queensland coast is deepening and heading south towards the New South Wales coast.
As the low matures and stalls near the central or southern coast early Monday, damaging wind gusts and wind-driven large sea waves may develop along the southern parts of the coast during the first half of Monday, then the winds and waves will progress north towards the central parts of the coast during the second half.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely to develop along the coastal fringe of the South Coast on Monday morning, before extending north towards Illawarra coast during the day, reaching the Sydney coast and possibly up to the Central Coast later in the evening.
VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion with wind-driven large sea waves is also possible on Monday, especially in the south-facing surf zones.
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, Batemans Bay, Eden, Moruya Heads and Merimbula.
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.
Link to latest Sydney Weather warnings.
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