South to southeasterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Kowanyama in the late morning. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Outlook Friday: South to southeasterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the morning and again in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Southeasterly 20/30 knots. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.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.