Tuesday: Northeasterly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres offshore east of Albany. Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre. Wednesday: Northeasterly 10/15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore during the day. Winds turning northerly before dawn. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres around midday. Outlook Thursday: Northwest to northeasterly 15/20 knots tending west to northwesterly 15/25 knots in the early afternoon then tending west to southwesterly 20/30 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5/2 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres during the morning. Outlook Friday: Southwesterly 20/30 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening. Seas: 2/3 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. Swell: Southwesterly 3/5 metres, decreasing to 2.5/3 metres during the evening.Issued Tue 16:01 WST
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.