Motorists on the South Coast are being urged to keep an eye out for fallen trees, branches or other debris along roads in the South East today while boaters are being urged to delay their voyage.
The advice comes as Storm Force Winds hit the region yesterday (Sunday (May 7) and are forecast to continue today (May 8).
Storm Force winds are stronger than Gale Force winds, with a strength of between 48 and 63 knots and wind gusts of 67 and 88 knots.
A fallen tree was blocking both lanes of the Princes Highway at Quaama, near upper brogo road from around 4:30am, while the north-bound lane of Sapphire Coast Drive between Bournda and Wallagoot was also blocked at that time.
Emergency crews were quick to the scene to clear the roads but are urging motorists to be alert today, as there could be more fallen trees and debris that are yet to be reported.
Meanwhile, a Sheep Graziers Warning is current for the South Coast, Snowy Mountains and ACT.
There is also a Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING SURF in place along the South Coast today with southwesterly winds forecast to reach up to 50 knots (92km/h) offshore with wave heights of five to six metres possible.
Heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is possible this morning between the Victorian border and Seal Rocks.
Spring high tides will also occur over this period and may compound wave impacts.
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 south-facing coasts near Sydney, Wollongong, Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads and Merimbula.
Marine Rescue NSW Acting Deputy Commissioner, Darren Schott, is advising boaters to stay off the water in areas where warnings have been issued.
“Boaters planning to cross shallow waters and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage,” Deputy Commissioner Schott said.
“Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and always wear a lifejacket,” he said.
“Boaters should remember to Log On with Marine Rescue via the Marine rescue app or via their local radio base.”
The Marine Rescue NSW Acting Deputy Commissioner said hazardous surf is also expected on Monday with warnings in place for the Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden Coasts.
“Hazardous surf conditions and high winds will be present across the state which creates a higher risk for boaters,” Deputy Commissioner Schott said.
“Please be careful and avoid going boating if possible,” he said.
“Spring tides may also compound the wave impacts.
“Beach and ocean conditions could be dangerous and people should not go boating unless absolutely necessary,” he said.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Stay vigilant and monitor conditions.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.