Stay indoors ... Severe storms are expected to hit the east coast tonight with the SES warning residents to brace themselves for 125km/h winds.
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Emergency crews stand ready as residents of New South Wales coastal areas brace for what threatened to be the most dangerous of three major storms to hit the state this month. Cyclonic winds up to 125km/h and huge waves are forecast to batter the coastline from tonight and into tomorrow, starting at Moruya in the state's south and moving north. Forecasters warned of cyclone-strength winds whipped up by an intense low pressure system. The state already faces huge damage costs. "Estimates are that the damage bill will ultimately top $1 billion, larger than either the (1999) Sydney hailstorm or the (1989) Newcastle earthquake." The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service also announced the 24-hour closure of popular areas within national parks in the Blue Mountains area, west of Sydney. Following the rescue of backpacking campers during the earlier storms, bushwalkers have been advised to postpone all back-country travel until conditions improve. NSW Maritime was urging boat owners to secure their boats and stay off the water from later today. The dumping rain and violent storms were further evidence of a developing and hopefully drought-busting La Nina, a weather expert said.