Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:05 am Saturday, 13 November 2021.

Damaging winds are expected along elevated parts of northeast New South Wales into northern parts of the Hunter region during Saturday.

Weather Situation: Strong and gusty northwest to westerly winds are extending across northeastern NSW in the wake of a low pressure system.

Strong winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS in excess of 90 km/h are possible at times about the elevated areas of the Northern Tablelands, parts of the Mid North Coast and Upper Hunter during Saturday.

Damaging wind gusts in northern parts are more likely to be associated with passing afternoon shower activity, while damaging wind gusts towards the Hunter region are more likely to occur in clear air, particularly towards the coast.

Winds are expected to ease throughout these areas into Sunday.

Locations which may be affected include Taree, Newcastle, Cessnock, Maitland, Armidale and Glen Innes.

85km/h wind gusts observed at 9:31am in Williamtown.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.