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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  1. The only disadvantage to living on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, on the edge of Port Phillip Bay and the Southern Ocean, is the occasional episode of gale force winds. I grew up on the Far North Coast of NSW and experienced the odd cyclone or two but the wind here last night left those cyclones for dead. I really did wonder at times whether we would keep our roof on. It was downright scary at times. The cat was spooked and so was I.

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