Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:30 pm Wednesday, 2 September 2020.
WARM AND GUSTY WINDS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN RANGES TODAY AND THURSDAY

Warm northwesterly winds are strengthening ahead of a cold front. This front is forecast to gradually cross New South Wales during Thursday and Friday, generating strong and gusty winds across southeastern New South Wales.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 kmh are possible for parts of the Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and South West Slopes today. DAMAGING WINDS may extend to include eastern parts of the Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands, and parts of the South Coast and Illawarra forecast districts from Thursday morning.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres, damaging winds averaging 80 to 100 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h are likely.

Winds are forecast to ease on Thursday evening, after the cold front crosses southeastern New South Wales.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Katoomba, Cooma and Bombala.

Thredbo Top Station AWS has been recording mean wind speeds of 80 to 100 km/h from Wednesday morning, with a peak gust of 117 km/h recorded at 9:53am.

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.