Tuesday: South to southeasterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots south of Kowanyama in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Wednesday: Southeasterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Kowanyama early in the morning. Winds tending southeast to southwesterly 15/20 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres around midday. Outlook Thursday: South to southeasterly 15/20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. Outlook Friday: South to southeasterly 15/20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning.Issued Tue 15:56 EST
18:41 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.