Torrential rain and damaging winds hit UlladullaRob Sharpe, Friday October 12, 2012 - 16:24 EDT
The New South Wales South Coast and Illawarra faced the brunt of the severe weather on Friday morning, while Sydney almost escaped.
The South Coast bore the full force of an east coast low overnight and this morning, with Ulladulla receiving 233mm by 9am and facing 95km/h wind gusts. This is the heaviest day of rainfall in 18 years of records by over 60mm. Nearby Burrill Lake gained a whopping 300mm in the same period.
The early morning wind gusts above 90km/h were coastal town's strongest for October in at least a decade, however even stronger winds were recorded only in June this year.
Hail was a feature for many coastal areas in the South Coast and Illawarra on Friday morning with a few storms that mingled in with the rain.
In Sydney winds were moderate through the morning with rain arriving around 8am. The rain only brought up to 10mm with no lightning or hail like further south. Winds eased just around midday before the southerly wind burst into the city, gusting up to 83km/h on the Harbour.
During the afternoon Sydneysiders endured the intermittent rain and the gusty winds, while some people reported snow. However, what seemed like snow was likely turbulent rain as the temperature was too warm.
Severe weather is still expected along the NSW coast from the South Coast to the Hunter in the form of damaging surf. Swell is expected to peak this afternoon or evening with four metre waves on south facing beaches. Damaging winds are still a risk, however the strongest gusts are likely to have already passed.
© Weatherzone 2012
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