Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of South Coast, Central West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.
Issued at 9:54 am Thursday, 23 January 2020.
VIGOROUS WINDS AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT
A cold front will progress through eastern sectors of the state today. Vigorous and gusty winds are forecast ahead of the front.
For areas above 1900 metres:
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are expected.
For areas below 1900 metres:
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Illawarra and parts of the Central Tablelands, South Coast and South West Slopes districts. These winds have already been observed at elevated sites and are expected to coastal parts later this morning.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gust in excess of 90 km/h are possible for eastern parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains this afternoon associated with gusty showers. Winds may lift dust in the area, lowering visibility and creating hazardous driving conditions.
Trees and branches in fire-affected areas may be more susceptible to falling than usual.
Winds are expected to ease this evening.
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Bathurst, Katoomba, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma and Yass.
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.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.