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Beaches across Sydney were closed today with ex-tropical cyclone Uesi sending huge waves to batter the city’s coastline.

Beaches across Sydney were closed today with ex-tropical cyclone Uesi sending huge waves to batter the city's coastline.

The huge swell didn't just create dangerous water conditions, but dumped masses of storm debris on the sand.

About 8000 Sydney residents are still without power a week after storms hit the NSW coast, with more rain forecast for this afternoon.

Electricity provider Ausgrid scrambling to remedy the situation ahead of more forecast wet weather this weekend.

Ausgrid technicians will be joined by 100 additional staff from energy providers in other states including Queensland and Tasmania to assist those still off the grid.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are still trying to clear fallen trees, debris and power lines to assist in the recovery effort.

Rain and thunderstorm activity is expected through the bushfire-ravaged South Coast, the Southern Tablelands and western Sydney.

Flood warnings also remain in place after the weekend's wet weather deluge, particularly through the NSW Mid North Coast.

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Flash flooding may also occur in the Tweed, Richmond, Wilson, Clarence, Bellinger, Macleay, Upper Nepean, Wyong, Tuggerah, Orara, Gwydir, Castlereagh, Paroo, Nambucca and Weir rivers.

Ausgrid repair crews will continue working across the weekend to restore power to around 8000 customers still affected by last weekend's storm damage.

A hazardous surf warning is in place for the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden today.

Surf Life Saving NSW warned rock fishers, boaters, surfers and swimmers to stay away from the water.

"If people don't heed emergency service warnings and put themselves in danger in these extreme conditions, it's possible that lifesavers will not be able to save them," lifesaving director Joel Wiseman said in a statement yesterday.

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Some beaches may be closed on the weekend due to the large swell, poor water quality and large amounts of debris in the water caused by wind gust from ex-cyclone Uesi.

Source: 9News

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