Ex-tropical cyclone whips up wild seas: photos, video

The remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston were responsible for the large seas that battered the Illawarra coast at the weekend. 

Surfers, swimmers, rockfishers and boat users were warned of the dangerous coastal conditions. However, some didn’t heed the advice. 

On Saturday, two fishermen had to be rescued after they were swept off rocks at Bass Point. The pair escaped with just cuts and bruises.

As a result, Shellharbour City Council warned of a “large, infrequent swell, which can really catch people off guard”.  

The dangerous conditions, which saw waves reach 4.5 metres offshore of Port Kembla, was caused by a weather system associated with ex-TC Winston. 

Dozens gathered to watch large waves crash over the Wollongong Harbour breakwall on Saturday morning.

The same system was largely responsible for the South Coast’s soaking on Friday night, according to Weatherzone.  

Nowra collected 34mm in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday, its heaviest February total since 2013.

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