Illawarra Newsroom

Kiama claims unwanted title as windiest place in NSW

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The Illawarra copped a hiding overnight as damaging winds hammered the region and it was Kiama that copped the brunt of the gusts.

A 130km/h gust blasted the seaside town at 7.14 last night while a 120km/h gust was recorded at Bellambi.

A number of other South Coast locations copped damaging gusts with 128km/h recorded at Montague Island, 124km/h at Point Perpendicular, 107km/h at Jervis Bay Airfield and 100km/h at Ulladulla.

The SES has responded to a number of jobs in Kiama with the wind bringing down trees, damaging roofs and blowing over fences.

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Sam Campbell from the Weather Bureau said the worst has now passed with the low pressure system moving further off the coast.

"We will see an improvement in conditions during the day.

"There's still some shower activity getting pushed on the coast by the low but as it pulls away it will also pull that weather off the coast and by this afternoon we should see fine conditions developing.

"The winds will be staying up for a little bit longer this morning but there is an easing trend and we should see those winds dropping below that severe threshold of 90km/h gusts during the morning," Campbell said.

Five to six metre waves have been recorded off Port Kembla this morning and a hazardous surf warning remains in place.

"They will steadily decrease during the morning but we're still likely to see some waves up around the three to four metre mark into the afternoon and evening," Campbell said.

Images: SES Kiama Unit