UPDATE @ August 7, 10.30 AM | The Bureau of Meteorology has just issued an updated severe weather warning for parts of NSW.
The bureau says vigorous westerly winds are being experienced in the wake of a cold front, reinforced by a trough passing to the south today.
“Damaging winds averaging 55 to 65 km/h, with peak gusts reaching around 90 km/h, are possible over the Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and parts of the adjacent ranges,” BOM warned.
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Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba, Goulburn, Ulladulla, Jenolan Caves, Oberon, Taralga, Araluen and Nerriga.
The wind is expected to ease later 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 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.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Tuesday.
EARLIER @ August 6, 3.00 PM | Residents in parts of NSW are being warned to brace for damaging winds with the weather bureau issuing a severe weather warning for parts of the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a strong cold front is moving through eastern New South Wales this afternoon, and a trough approaching from the southwest is expected to cross the south of the state tonight and early on Tuesday.
“Damaging winds averaging 50 to 65 km/h with peak gusts reaching around 90 km/h are possible over the Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and parts of the adjacent ranges tonight and early on Tuesday,” the bureau said.
“Winds are expected to ease during Tuesday afternoon and evening, but will remain fresh until Wednesday.”
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba and Goulburn.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Monday.