Strong wind hits Hunter, temps hit 30 degrees

Predicted strong wind is wreaking havoc in Sydney, causing diversions on the Newcastle and Central Coast rail line and stirring up dust in the Hunter.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of the impending wind via severe weather warnings yesterday and today.

Weatherwatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius said the strong winds were coming through ahead of a cold change moving from western NSW towards the coast.

Mr Cornelius said the Hunter could face similar conditions to Sydney this evening

‘‘It’s certainly quite a possibility,’’ Mr Cornelius said.

The blustery weather is expected to stretch into tomorrow before easing as the cold change arrives on Saturday, Mr Cornelius said.

The winds have curtailed one of the warmest days in the Hunter in several months, Mr Cornelius said.

He said Cessnock, Tocal and Williamtown had all passed the 30 degree mark.

‘‘It’s definitely going to be one of the warmer days since Autumn,’’ he said.

Damaging wind around 60 km/h with peak gusts exceeding 90 km/h have been forecast for the region and across much of the state.

State Emergency Service Hunter region controller Greg Perry said only five calls had come in by 4pm but units remained on alert as the conditions moved up the coast into this evening.

The SES 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.

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