Wild windy weather predicted to return to NSW

WILD weather which grounded planes, cut power and fanned bushfires across NSW on Wednesday was expected to return to some parts of the state on Thursday.

Delays were expected to continue at Sydney airport and a warning for damaging winds remained in place for most of the NSW Coast.

Boaties at Byron, Coffs Harbour and the Illawarra coastal waters were urged to stay off the water.

Blizzard like conditions were predicted for the alpine region where wind gusts of more than 130km/h were recorded on Wednesday.

Residents were advised to move vehicles under cover and away from trees, secure loose items and watch for fallen powerlines.

The conditions made things difficult on the NSW fire front but by Wednesday night, all of the 60 blazes still burning across the state were under control.

A bush fire which closed the Pacific Hwy on the Central Coast earlier this week was still burning close to the road at Doyalson but drivers were warned to beware of smoke and no properties were under immediate threat.

No fire bans were in place but "Very high" fire warnings were issued for the NSW North Coast, Sydney, Greater Hunter and New England regions.

Fire updates can be found at http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au


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