Parts of NSW warned to brace for destructive winds

People in parts of the South Coast and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts have been warned to brace for destructive winds.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning this morning, stating that vigorous west to southwesterly winds are expected over the far southern NSW coast and adjacent ranges on Thursday with the passage of a front.

“Damaging winds, possibly averaging above 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are forecast to develop early Thursday morning,” the warning reads.


“Winds are expected to ease during Thursday evening.”

Locations which may be affected include Eden, Bega, Bombala and Merimbula.

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 11:00 am AEST Thursday.