The New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is urging the community to stay safe as severe weather rolls in across coastal and metropolitan areas tonight and into tomorrow.

Windy conditions developed throughout today and are expected to pick up again early tomorrow morning.

Damaging winds between 55-75km/h, with peaks of around 100km/h, are expected between Wooli and Wattamolla.

Areas of impact are expected to be Sydney coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and The Entrance.

NSW SES State Duty Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Dallas Burnes, is urging people in impacted areas to prepare their properties now.

“We are asking residents to prepare your homes and businesses now for the expected strong winds. You can do this by following a few safety tips including clearing any overhanging branches and securing and putting away any loose items around your backyard or balcony,” Assistant Commissioner Burnes said.

“Given the recent extreme weather experienced across much of the coast over the last few days, the soil is already saturated so there is an increased chance of trees falling.

“During high winds we also see trees and powerlines falling on vehicles. Make sure you park your car undercover and do not park under any large trees or powerlines.

“The NSW SES is starting to see requests for assistance come through this afternoon, with more than 60 calls for help already received across Sydney and the Central Coast. The majority of these calls relate to storm activity, including leaking roofs and trees down.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for people in parts of the Mid North Coast, Metropolitan Sydney and Hunter districts.

To keep up to date with the latest warnings download the Hazards Near Me app or visit HazardWatch on the NSW SES website.

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