NSW Severe Weather Warning: Damaging Winds & Heavy Rain


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:22 pm Wednesday, 29 April 2020.

A strong cold front will reach western NSW tonight, then move through central and eastern areas during Thursday, preceded by vigorous winds and widespread rainfall. The focus for the strongest winds and heaviest rain is expected to be across the Southwest Slopes and Alpine areas.

For alpine areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 100 km/h with gusts to 120 km/h expected today and early Thursday. DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h are possible for areas above 1500 metres from late today into early Thursday.

HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to FLASH FLOODING, is forecast for southern parts of the Southwest Slopes and adjacent ranges, particularly this evening and overnight.
A Flood Watch has been issued for a number of catchments on the western slopes of the Divide.

Note that thunderstorms are also possible across a broad section of the state today, some of which may produce locally intense wind gusts and rain. Forecasters are monitoring the situation closely.

Locations which may be affected include Tumbarumba, Thredbo, Cabramurra, Selwyn, Tumut, Mount Ginini and Khancoban.
Thredbo Top Station has reported wind gusts up to 127 km/h during Wednesday morning.

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.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* 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.


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