Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS and DAMAGING SURF
For people in parts of Northern Rivers Forecast District.
Issued at 4:38 pm Saturday, 23 February 2019.
LARGE SEAS AND HIGH WINDS ON THE NORTHERN COAST
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma, now a sub-tropical low pressure system, is centred about 700 kilometres east of Brisbane. In combination with a strong high pressure system to the south, this is generating gale-force winds and very large waves along northern parts of the NSW coast. Overnight, the sub-tropical low pressure system (Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma) is expected to move to the north, with conditions gradually easing during Sunday.
DAMAGING SURF conditions, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, may produce significant beach erosion along the coast from Coffs Harbour to the Queensland border today and on Sunday. Beach conditions in these areas are dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
DAMAGING WIND gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely along exposed parts of the coast north from Woolgoolga today, and possibly about the northern border ranges. Winds will gradually ease overnight and early Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Evans Head, Yamba, Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga.
Wind gust of 95 km/h recorded at Cape Byron at about 1030am this (Saturday 23 February) morning.
Maximum wave heights exceeding 10m recorded offshore from Byron Bay early this morning.
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.
* 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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEDT Saturday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.