Wild weather expected to hit Illawarra at dawn

Torrential rain and destructive winds are expected to strike the Illawarra around dawn tomorrow morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology has reissued a severe weather warning for the region, warning of destructive winds, heavy rains and abnormally high tides and damaging surf, as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald tracks southwards.

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Heavy rain is expected throughout tomorrow, easing to isolated showers during the afternoon and clearing later in the evening. 

Damaging winds with peak gusts over 100kph will reach the Illawarra overnight, the BOM has forecast.

The region’s beaches will again remain closed tomorrow due to dangerous surf conditions.

Abnormally high tides and very heavy surf which could lead to localised damage and coastal erosion are forecast to hit the region overnight.

Seas of between three and four metres will increase up to six metres around dawn before dropping back to four metres during the afternoon. 

Since 9am today Bellambi’s weather station has recorded more than 38mm of rain. 

In Kiama just over 31mm of rain has fallen throughout today, while Albion Park has recorded 27mm.

For emergency help in floods and storms call the SES on 132 500.

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