Weather warning for Newcastle and Hunter
City of Newcastle has implemented safety precautions ahead of an east coast low forecast to build today and tomorrow.
The low-pressure system is expected to linger off the coast Tuesday and Wednesday with potential for heavy rain, strong winds and large waves which will pose risks along Newcastle’s coastline.
Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for swimming, surfing and rock fishing for all beaches and both ocean baths starting Tuesday until Friday.
City of Newcastle will prepare and monitor its coastal facilities and assets along the Newcastle coastline including areas in Stockton which may be impacted by coastal erosion.
Beach accessways in Stockton will be closed and current traffic controls in place at Barrie Crescent and Mitchell Street will be reinforced. Road closures at Barrie Crescent, Mitchell Street, Stone Street Corner and Griffiths Road may be implemented depending on weather conditions.
The City of Newcastle asks the community to follow all safety warnings, to abide by all road closures and to drive safely in the forecast extreme weather conditions.
Coastal erosion can change beach conditions dramatically and quickly. This can lead to sand cliff collapses without warning.
To stay up to date on the weather warnings, please follow the Bureau of Meteorology www.bom.gov.au, and for emergencies, the State Emergency Service at www.ses.nsw.gov.au or phone 13 25 00.