Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:17 pm Tuesday, 14 August 2018.
VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NSW ON WEDNESDAY
West to northwesterly winds will strengthen overnight as a cold front approaches from the west. The front is forecast to cross southeast NSW on Wednesday afternoon.
For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 80 to 90 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are forecast late tonight and Wednesday. Blowing snow is expected, and BLIZZARD CONDITIONS are possible. The National Parks Service of NSW recommends that people consider postponing back country travel until conditions improve.
For areas below 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 50 to 65 km/h, with gusts to 90 km/h, are possible during Wednesday, peaking in the early afternoon.
Winds are expected to ease in all areas later Wednesday following the passage of the front.
Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Top Station, Mount Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Bombala, Goulburn, Nowra, Bowral, Wollongong, Mount Ginini and Katoomba.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Tuesday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.