Tuesday: Southeasterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots north of Innisfail. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres north of Innisfail. Swell: Southeasterly 1/1.5 metres outside the reef. Wednesday: Southeasterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots at times north of Cairns. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly 1/1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Outlook Thursday: South to southeasterly 15/20 knots tending east to southeasterly 10/15 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Outlook Friday: Variable about 10 knots. Afternoon northeasterly seabreezes 10/15 knots inshore. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre.Issued Tue 15:56 EST
21:05 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.