A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of NSW, with residents being warned to brace for extremely damaging winds.
The warning has been issued for people in the Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands and parts of Hunter, Southern Tablelands and Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.
The weather bureau says a line of showers and thunderstorms is moving through the central west and Illawara and gusts exceeding 90 km/h are possible.
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“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours,” BOM warned.
Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Orange, Katoomba and Dubbo.
At 4.38pm, a wind gust of 83km/h was recorded at Bathurst.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car 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.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.