Weather better; test run for Sunday lunch

The gale has died down.

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Went to Aldi for supplies – less than $20; would have been maybe $5 more in Surry Hills.

Then took the free shuttle bus to the harbour and beach. Had the most amazing grilled barramundi with Lyonnaise potatoes for $16. Better than Doyle’s at Johno’s At North Beach! Definitely a Sunday lunch spot, Sirdan and P.

Interesting conversation with an ex-teacher in the bus on the way back, and a woman in full niqab, which would have scared Kevin in Louisiana!

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Wild weather 2

I really should have a video of this…

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Very windy.

Dropped into Keiraview Uniting Church, just around the corner. More traditional than South Sydney. A bonus was running into a colleague from my time at Wollongong High whose grandson I taught at Sydney Boys High!

Wild weather

The rain has gone, but the wind is battering The Bates Motel.

Strong winds battering the south coast of New South Wales are not expected to ease anytime soon.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has received more than 60 calls for help overnight in the Illawarra/South Coast area, where wind gusts have reached up to 110 kilometres per hour.

SES spokesman Steve Delaney says he expects more calls for help as the sun rises and the wind picks up this morning.

"Our main concerns is that the winds are strong enough and the ground is wet enough to cause major damage around trees in general and with powerlines," he said.

"So people are advised strongly not to shelter under gumtrees, move cars away from trees into shelter where they’re not under gum trees and be very, very aware as they’re driving of both trees and powerlines."

Mr Delaney says the strong winds are expected to remain throughout today.

"Particularly the southern sections of NSW are currently subject to severe winds averaging around 70kph with peak gusts forecast to be anywhere up to 130kph," he said.

But spare a thought for Christchurch.

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