Tuesday: Southeast to southwesterly 30/45 knots, reaching up to 50 knots south of Norah Head. Seas: Around 4/6 metres. Swell: Southeasterly 5/6 metres. Wednesday: Southeast to southwesterly 20/30 knots tending west to southwesterly 15/25 knots before dawn then increasing to 20/30 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 35 knots offshore south of Norah Head in the late afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southeasterly 4/5 metres, tending southerly 3/5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 2/3 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Outlook Thursday: Westerly 20/30 knots tending west to southwesterly 15/25 knots before dawn. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres by early evening. Swell: South to southeasterly 1.5/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres offshore north of Port Stephens around midday. Outlook Friday: Westerly 10/15 knots turning northwesterly 15/20 knots during the morning. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres.Issued Tue 16:05 EST
18:08 EST Authorities have sent emergency alerts to tens of thousands of people in NSW's Hunter region as forecasters warn wild weather will worsen after earlier claiming three lives.