Live: NSW Now: More storms to hit Sydney and Central Coast, Sculpture by the Sea postponed again

Here’s what you need to know this morning.More wild weather forecast This storm system was seen near Redhead Beach in Newcastle yesterday.(NSW Storm Watchers: Kelly Bridge)Multiple storms cells brought powerful winds and hail to some areas of the NSW coast last night, and more wild weather is forecast for today.Hail pelted down in the Hunter region as well as on Sydney’s north shore, with 2 centimetre hail falling in Normanhurst.”Not too much rain came out of the storm but we did see 29 millimetres in Mona Vale on the northern beaches,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Hugh McDowell said.More thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and into the evening on the Central Coast and Sydney, with the chance of more hail and intense winds.Sculpture by the Sea delayed again Mu Boyan’s Horizon sculpture was featured in 2018’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.(Supplied)Art festival Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi has again been postponed after the event failed to secure an exemption from the NSW health department.Organisers of the event abandoned their plans to host the delayed event this autumn due to ongoing concerns around the latest clusters.It will now run in October.The 2-kilometre walk will go ahead with the same line-up of artists, said event director David Handley.”You’ve got to be an eternal optimist in this game, and that would go for anyone running an arts organisation or board or any senior arts staff anywhere in the world, we are not unique in that sense,” he said.More UK COVID-19 variant found in quarantineNSW Health says there have now been 13 positive cases of the highly contagious UK variant of coronavirus found in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.In addition, there have been five cases of another variant of concern seen in South Africa.Of those 18 cases, 14 remain in Special Health Accommodation (SHA).Health authorities said the increasing number of returned travellers testing positive for the virus reflected a general rise in COVID-19 infections around the world.Newcastle cat culling Multiple cats were found with serious wounds after the attempted cull.(Supplied: Stray Cats Project)Animal Rights campaigners have called on the Port of Newcastle to leave the remaining stray cat population at Stockton Breakwall alone and cancel any future culls.A number of wild cats died and others were left blind or severely injured by a contractor in a botched culling attempt last month.Animal Justice Party MP Emma Hurst is now pushing for more humane laws around wild animal control and calling on the State Government to expand desexing and microchipping programs.”People are very angry, both about what happened, but we’re also very nervous that the Port of Newcastle haven’t yet come out and made a public commitment not to kill the remaining survivors at the Breakwall,” she said.Friday’s weatherPartly cloudy. Slight chance of afternoon shower and evening thunderstorms.Min.Max.CBD2029Parramatta1832

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