Robert Linnane has gone missing in floodwaters west of Forbes.
Robert Linnane has gone missing in floodwaters west of Forbes. NSW Police Force

100kmh winds howl as search for missing man continues

GALE-force winds causing blackouts across and uprooting trees across central and southern New South Wales are not expected to migrate to the North Coast.

Thousands of people were left without electricity as 100kmh winds hammered the Illawarra and South Coast on Tuesday night.

The search for missing man Robert Linnane entered its fifth day on Tuesday with more than 100 volunteers scouring floodwaters around Burcher, west of Forbes.

The 49-year-old grandfather was last seen on Friday at a lake where his four-wheel drive and submerged boat were later found.

Police divers searched the boat but found no trace of Mr Linnane.

His family issued a statement asking for their privacy to be respected.

"Rob is a respected member of the Burcher community,” it said.

"He was actively involved in many organisations and is president of the local golf and cricket clubs and also captain of the Burcher branch of the Rural Fire Brigade.

"He is a dedicated family man with his partner, his three daughters, their respective partners, grandchildren and extended family.”

The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled its severe weather warning for NSW on Wednesday morning, but gale-force winds persisted in parts of the state.

Tasmania remains under threat with a severe weather warning issued for the whole state with gusts of more than 100kmh expected and possible flooding.

The outlook for the Northern Rivers is much rosier with sunny weather and only light winds predicted until Saturday, with possible showers but otherwise mild conditions over the weekend.

Fire danger remains very high.

ARM NEWSDESK



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