Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 4:25 am Saturday, 11 April 2020.
STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS FOR EASTERN NSW SATURDAY
A strong cold front will cross New South Wales today, generating blustery westerly winds.
Above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are likely.
Below 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely to develop about Alpine ranges early this morning, extending to the rest of the Snowy Mountains and ACT, Southern Tablelands, South Coast and Illawarra districts by late this morning, and further extending to parts of the Central Tablelands, Hunter, North West Slopes, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands by this afternoon.
Winds are then expected to ease from late this evening into early Sunday.
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn, Canberra, Yass, Batemans Bay, Armidale, and Newcastle.
Perisher Valley recorded 96 km/h wind gust at 03:22 am.
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.