A SEVERE weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for people in parts of NSW today.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a complex low pressure system near Tasmania is deepening in response to a cold front crossing the region.
“This low is expected to slowly move east resulting in vigorous winds across southeastern and elevated parts of the state today and over the weekend,” the bureau said.
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Damaging westerly winds, averaging above 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are expected to develop this morning along the NSW ranges and through the Illawarra district.
The weather bureau says a gusty southerly wind change is then expected to move into southern NSW later this evening.
“In alpine areas above 1900 metres, southerly winds are expected to average above 80 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h following this change,” BOM says.
“BLIZZARD conditions are possible about alpine areas above 1700 metres with these winds.
“The National Parks Service of NSW recommends that people consider postponing back country travel until conditions improve.”
It’s expected that overnight tonight and into Saturday, the vigorous southerly winds will extend up the South Coast district, with conditions to gradually ease from early Sunday.
From later this afternoon and evening HAZARDOUS SURF conditions are expected to develop over Eden, Batemans and Illawarra coasts and then extend to Sydney, Hunter, Macquarie and Coffs coasts during Saturday. The direction of the largest waves in these areas is expected to be predominantly from the south.
Locations which may be affected include Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Tenterfield, Orange, Mudgee, Bathurst, Katoomba, Moss Vale, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma, Thredbo, Mount Ginini and Yass.
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.