NSW warned to brace for damaging winds as cold front moves across state

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for people in parts of eastern NSW.

The Bureau of Meteorology says that a strengthening west to northwesterly airstream is expected across New South Wales with a cold front predicted to move across the state on Friday and Saturday.

Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are forecast to develop across the southeast during Friday, extending northwards to parts of the Hunter and Mid North Coast late Friday or early Saturday.


BOM says elevated areas and some coastal valleys are most susceptible however parts of the Riverina and the central and southern western slopes could also be affected.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn and Wagga Wagga.



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.