Wild weather whips the coast with more to come

THE Bureau of Meteorology is predicting waves higher than five metres to hit the coast this weekend, and while that might have surfers salivating, the Iluka/Yamba Coastguard is warning people not to venture out to sea.

The warning comes after a period of record rainfall in Yamba, with more than 90 millimetres of rain falling in the town over a 36-hour period.

The weather bureau issued a severe weather warning for the Northern Rivers yesterday, with winds predicted to average 65km/h, with gusts ranging up to 100km/h.

While the wind was predicted to ease today, dangerous surf conditions are predicted for the remainder of the weekend.

Iluka/Yamba Coastguard flotilla commander Doug Smith advised people not to go near the open water this weekend.

"I would strongly say that if there's going to be these big winds that the Bureau of Meteorology says there is, I wouldn't go out," he said.

"When they say there's going to be that sort of weather, you can forget about going out in a boat."

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