South to southwesterly below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly in the late evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: South to southeasterly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 2 metres offshore. Outlook Friday: Northwest to northeasterly 10/15 knots tending west to northwesterly early in the morning then tending west to southwesterly 15/25 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres by early evening. Swell: Southeasterly 1.5/2 metres, tending southerly 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Outlook Saturday: South to southwesterly 20/25 knots tending south to southeasterly during the day. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres offshore.Issued Thu 04:45 EST
07:23 EST Hunter-based charity Samaritans says increasing unemployment and last month's super storm has led to a doubling in the number of people seeking assistance.