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Severe Weather Warning for NSW

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS, ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and DAMAGING SURF

For people in parts of Northern Rivers Forecast District.

Issued at 5:16 pm Friday, 22 February 2019.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES, DAMAGING WINDS AND SURF TODAY AND SATURDAY ALONG PARTS OF THE NORTH COAST

Weather Situation:
As of 1500 AEST on Friday, tropical cyclone Oma (category 1) was located about 600 kilometres east of Brisbane. It is expected to continue moving in a generally south direction during this evening and early Saturday. Oma's motion becomes slow moving to the north during Saturday, remaining offshore through the weekend and early next week. Strong winds and large waves will be whipped up along northern parts of the coast this evening and Saturday, coinciding with king tides.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas are possible north of Yamba today and Saturday. Water levels at high tide may exceed the highest tide of the year by around half a metre.

DAMAGING SURF conditions, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, may produce significant beach erosion along the NSW coast from Coffs Harbour to the Queensland border from this evening, and continue into Saturday.

HAZARDOUS SURF conditions are also forecast over the northern New South Wales this evening, extending to central parts of the coast over the weekend.

Locally DAMAGING WIND gusts in excess of 90 km/h may develop about the exposed parts of the coast near the Queensland border this evening and into Saturday. These damaging wind gusts may also extend to the northern border ranges.

Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba, Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour and Brunswick Heads.

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.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* 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 Friday.

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.

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