A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for people in parts of the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts this morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology says an approaching cold front is set to generate vigorous west to northwesterly winds during today, with the front expected to cross the southeast of NSW later in the evening, or early Wednesday.
“Damaging winds averaging 90 km/h, with gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are likely for alpine areas above 1900 metres from this morning,” the bureau warns.
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“Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible in areas below 1900 metres this afternoon and evening.”
Locations which may be affected include Braidwood, Goulburn, Mount Ginini, and Thredbo.
The weather bureau says conditions are expected to gradually ease later tonight.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.