Weather Warnings - Severe Weather Warning for NSW

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:37 am Wednesday, 21 August 2019.

VIGOROUS WESTERLY WINDS DEVELOPING OVER SOUTHEAST NSW

Weather Situation: Vigorous northwest to southwesterly winds are expected across southeastern New South Wales as a cold front clips the southeast this morning, followed by a second front on Thursday morning. Winds will ease in the wake of these fronts later Thursday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for the Southern Tablelands (including parts of the Australian Capital Territory), Snowy Mountains, Illawarra, higher parts of the South Coast, the far southeast of the South West Slopes and southeastern parts of the Central Tablelands forecast districts this morning and again tonight and during Thursday morning.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 75 to 85 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible for Alpine areas above 1900 metres this morning and again in the evening and during Thursday morning.

Winds are expected to ease during Thursday after the passage of the second front.

BLIZZARD conditions are likely at times from Tuesday evening through to Thursday morning. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Top, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Goulburn, High Range, Katoomba, 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.
* 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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Wednesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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