Tuesday: Southwesterly 20/25 knots. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Southwesterly 2.5/3 metres. Wednesday: Southwesterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning westerly 10/15 knots in the evening. Seas: 1.5/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 metres. Outlook Thursday: Westerly 10/15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 2/2.5 metres. Outlook Friday: Variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 10/15 knots during the morning then tending northerly 15/25 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres during the afternoon or evening. Swell: Southwesterly 2/3 metres, tending westerly 2.5/3 metres during the evening.Issued Tue 16:06 EST
17:34 EST A former top army officer has arrived in the flood ravaged Hunter Valley promising he won't just "sit in an office" during the recovery.