A severe weather warning has been issued for people in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Southern Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that damaging winds averaging 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides and damaging surf is expected.
BOM predicts heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding is possible in the north Saturday afternoon and over the remainder late Saturday or Sunday.
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Dangerous surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is likely with people being urged to stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Goulburn and Tamworth.
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 clear of fallen power lines.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 7:20 pm.