Severe weather warning for ‘damaging winds’ in parts of NSW

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for people in the Illawarra and parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Snowy Mountains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

The Bureau of Meteorology says that a vigorous westerly airstream is likely across New South Wales on Monday and Tuesday as a low pressure system near far eastern Victoria moves southeast.

Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are predicted over higher parts of the ranges in the south and north from Monday afternoon, and also over coastal parts of the Illawarra and the far South Coast from late Monday evening.


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Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Glen Innes, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood and Bombala.

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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.