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Wild winds to lash NSW coast

A strong wind warning is in place along the NSW coast, with damaging gusts expected to stretch from Batemans Bay to Port Macquarie.The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued the warning for Sydney, and the Macquarie, Hunter, Illawarra and Batemans coasts.According to the weather bureau a low pressure trough is currently travelling north along the coast…

A strong wind warning is in place along the NSW coast, with damaging gusts expected to stretch from Batemans Bay to Port Macquarie.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued the warning for Sydney, and the Macquarie, Hunter, Illawarra and Batemans coasts.

According to the weather bureau a low pressure trough is currently travelling north along the coast and “is expected to bring a southerly change” to Sydney waters from Wednesday morning.

“Winds are then expected to gradually tend north-easterly by Friday as a high pressure system moves over the Tasman Sea,” BoM said.

Winds speeds out at sea along the Sydney coastline could reach up to 30 knots (55km/h) by Wednesday afternoon.

There’s a 95 per cent chance of rain in the capital today, with up to 20mm expected to fall on the city where a top of 18C is expected.

As the cold trough travels north places like Port Macquarie (30mm) and Coffs Harbour (35mm) will cop a drenching on Thursday as skies begin to clear in Sydney and south of the city.

The strong wind warning is expected to shift to the Byron, Coffs and Macquarie coasts by Thursday.

The northerly winds have helped remove smoke haze from the city following several hazard reduction burns which took place around Sydney’s outskirts on Tuesday.

The NSW State Emergency Service is urging people to move vehicles under cover or away from trees, to secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

And to keep at least eight-metres away from fallen power lines.

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