Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:51 pm Saturday, 2 May 2020.

VIGOROUS WESTERLY WINDS ACROSS EASTERN NEW SOUTH WALES

A slow-moving low pressure system near Tasmania is directing gusty westerly winds across New South Wales.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are occurring along parts of the central and southern ranges and coast.

Conditions are forecast to gradually ease this evening or early Sunday as the low moves away to the southeast.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Katoomba and Goulburn.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Wind gust observations from Friday include Thredbo Top Station 117 km/h, Perisher Valley 93 km/h and Mount Boyce 93 km/h.

Wind gust observations from Saturday (up to 5pm) include Williamtown 98 km/h, Newcastle 96 km/h, Mount Boyce 95 km/h, Albion Park 93 km/h, and Moss Vale and Nowra 91 km/h.

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.