Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 11:44 am Friday, 10 April 2020.
STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS FOR EASTERN NSW SATURDAY
A strong cold front will cross New South Wales on Saturday, generating strong and gusty winds. Winds will ease during Sunday as the front moves away to the east.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 70 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are likely from early Saturday for Alpine peaks above 1900 metres.
DAMAGING WINDS for elevations less than 1900 metres, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely to develop from late Saturday morning about the Snowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, South Coast and Illawarra districts, extending to parts of the Central Tablelands, Hunter, North West Slopes and Plains, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands during the afternoon and early evening.
Winds are then expected to ease from late Saturday evening into early Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Canberra, Goulburn, Armidale 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.