Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Illawarra and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.
Issued at 10:52 pm Friday, 3 April 2020.
VIGOROUS WESTERLY WINDS WITH PASSAGE OF COLD FRONTS.
A strong cold front is forecast to cross the eastern parts of New South Wales on Saturday, bringing gusty westerly winds with it. The vigorous westerly winds in the southeast will continue into Sunday as a second cold fronts moves across the south.
Below 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are forecast about Barrington Tops during Saturday early morning then is expected to extend into Illawarra and parts of ACT and Monaro Alpine, the eastern parts of Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands, and the coastal ranges of South Coast from late Saturday morning. Winds are expected to ease about Barrington Tops during Saturday afternoon, however is likely to continue overnight into Sunday for remaining areas.
Above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are expected to develop from early Saturday morning.
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba and Goulburn, Thredbo and Perisher Valley.
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.