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    ECL produces large seas and gale force winds
    Thursday, 24 March 2005

    An east coast low (ECL) developed in the Tasman sea on Monday, originating off the far north coast of New South Wales. The system moved southwards and by Tuesday it rested off the central coastal regions of NSW. It intensified and slowly moved northwards overnight Tuesday. It produced winds in excess of 100km/h and seas up to 4 metres. At 5pm Tuesday, the centre pressure of the ECL was 996hpa, making it almost equivalent to a category 1 tropical cyclone.

    The rainfall from the system was mostly confined to the coast with Nelson Bay recording approximately 90mm and Nobbys Head recording 62mm  since Tuesday night. Maitland has recorded 22mm and Scone has only recorded 4mm over the same time period. The max wind gusts from the system was 102km/h from the SSW recorded at Nobbys Head at 5am yesterday. Norah Head AWS also recorded a wind gust of 102km/h at approximately the same time.

    The damages from the ECL were minimal. Slight structural damage was report in Newcastle and other small areas along the coastline.

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    Synoptic Chart for 5am (EDST) 23/03/05

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    Satellite image for 5:30am (EDST) 23/03/05


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