Power outages remain after NSW storms
Feb. 12, 2020
Cyclone Uesi will bring strong winds and powerful surf to the NSW coastline, as thousands of people across the state continue to be without power after the weekend's heavy rainfall and storms.
The NSW Bureau of Meteorology says the tropical cyclone is expected to stay offshore, but warned it will create powerful swells across the state's coast.
A hazardous surf warning has been issued for the Byron Bay coast on Thursday and most of the state's coastline on Friday as the cyclone tracks towards Lord Howe Island.
Island chief executive Peter Adams says residents and visitors are preparing for strong winds to hit the area on Thursday afternoon, with the cyclone to reach the island in the early hours of Friday morning.
"People are calmly preparing," he told the ABC on Thursday.
"Based on experience, people in their homes know what to do."
Rain is forecast for much of the NSW coast on Thursday, with Sydney, the northern tablelands, mid-north coast, Hunter and South Coast to get a drenching.
Flood warnings are in place for the Tweed River at Tumbulgum and the Orara River at Glenreagh.
The NSW State Emergency Service has also warned of minor flooding in the upper Nepean River at Menangle.
Meanwhile, about 25,000 people across Sydney and the Central Coast are still without power after last weekend's record rain and storms.
Many are bracing for more days without power as utility company Ausgrid works to get electricity back to all its customers by the end of the weekend.
"This is a natural disaster, it's the second largest storm in Ausgrid history," chief operating officer Trevor Armstrong told Channel Nine on Thursday.
"We are working hard to have all restored by the end of the weekend."
Ausgrid confirmed it had asked all levels of government for assistance, particularly for tree-clearing services.
Energy provider Endeavour Energy on Wednesday night said less than 50 of its customers were still without power.
It plans to restore power to all homes by Thursday night.
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