Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:51 am Sunday, 17 June 2018.

STRONG GUSTY WINDS DEVELOPING ALONG THE COAST.

Weather Situation:
A complex low over the Tasman Sea is directing a vigorous westerly airstream over New South Wales. Winds are expected to funnel through the coastal valleys in the Hunter and Illawarra. Winds will tend southerly along the coast in the late evening and into tomorrow as a wind change moves up the coast.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible.

Gusty winds about the Illawarra Escarpment and Hunter coast are forecast through Sunday.

A southerly wind change is forecast to move up the coast later this evening, extending to the Hunter coast by late Monday morning. Damaging winds associated with showers may result in damaging wind gusts for the coastal fringe with this change.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra and Batemans Bay.

A wind gust of 80 km/h was observed at Bellambi AWS at 8:30am Sunday.

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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.