Wednesday: Southeasterly 20/25 knots. Seas: 1.5/2 metres. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Thursday: Southeasterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Cape Bowling Green early in the morning. Winds turning easterly in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning. Outlook Friday: Easterly 15/20 knots turning southeasterly during the morning. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1/2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres outside the reef.Issued Wed 10:00 EST
13:03 EST Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie says people who are scared of trees falling on their property can now remove them without needing permission from council.