A severe weather warning for damaging winds remains current for people in the Hunter and parts of the Mid North Coast, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Snowy Mountains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology says that a low pressure system over the southwestern Tasman Sea is generating a vigorous westerly airstream over New South Wales.
Damaging winds, averaging 60 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible over parts of the ranges, the Hunter and the far South Coast.
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Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Scone, Cessnock, Maitland, Bowral and Katoomba.
A gust of 96km/h was recorded at Mount Boyce (Blue Mountains) at 8:30am.
A gust of 91km/h was recorded at Williamtown (Hunter) at 12:41am.
A gust of 89km/h was recorded at High Range (Illawarra) at 6:33am.
A gust of 102km/h was recorded at Green Cape (South Coast) at 1:05am.
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.