The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is warning residents on the Mid North Coast that the weather could turn nasty from this evening, July 13, and last up to 48 hours.
NSW SES operations commander, Tony Day, said wind speeds were expected to average around 60km/h with gusts up to 90km/h throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.
He also expected the seas to be at their largest and most damaging over those two days.
"The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast swells of up to five metres along the coast, which may cause coastal erosion, especially on southerly-facing beaches," Mr Day said.
He urged the public to stay away from areas impacted by damaging surf, erosion scarps and damaged buildings or structures and not to go sightseeing, as it might hinder recovery efforts and unnecessarily put people at risk.
The SES is also encouraging residents to clean their roofs, gutters and downpipes, trim tree branches away from their properties and secure outdoor items and furniture in preparation for the severe weather.
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Mr Day said COVID-19 presented additional considerations for emergency services in responding to severe weather events and asked the community to take some simple steps to help.
"The most practical way the community can help should the predicted weather eventuate is to avoid all not essential travel and to never drive, ride or walk through affected areas," he said.
The SES recommends people monitor the NSW Bureau of Meteorology for any severe weather warnings.
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