Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:30 pm Wednesday, 17 July 2019.
VIGOROUS WINDS DEVELOPING TODAY

Weather Situation: Vigorous west to northwesterly winds will be generated ahead of an approaching cold front which is expected to cross the southeast later this evening and early Thursday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 70 to 80 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are expected to develop for Alpine areas above 1900 metres. Winds are expected to ease in the early hours of Thursday morning.

DAMAGING WIND, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible to develop over elevated parts of the South Coast, the Illawarra and parts of the Southern and Central Tablelands from this evening. Winds are expected to ease during Thursday morning.

BLIZZARDS are likely over the Alpine Peaks during this time and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Tops, Goulburn, Nowra, Katoomba, Eden, Bowral, Wollongong, Nerriga, Huskisson and Taralga.
Thredbo Top AWS recorded a wind gust of 109km/h at 12:19PM this afternoon.

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.