PARTS of New South Wales are being battered by gale force winds as a cold front surges across the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the cold front has crossed the southeast of the state and is generating gale force westerly winds in its wake.
As a result, a severe weather warning for damaging winds is current for people in the Illawarra and parts of the South Coast, Central and Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and ACT.
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The bureau warns blizzard conditions are possible in alpine areas above 1900 metres, with damaging winds of 70-80km/h and gusts stronger than 110km/h expected through to later this afternoon.
The National Parks Service of NSW has urged motorists to stay off the roads until conditions improve.
Elsewhere, damaging winds of 60-70km/h with gusts of 90km/h or more are expected through ’till this evening.
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Katoomba, Goulburn and Bombala.
A wind gust of 100km/h was recorded at Cabrumurra, along the Great Dividing Range, around 8am.
Mt Ginini recorded an 89km/h gust around the same time, while Mt Boyce recorded 91km/h around 9.30am.
Meanwhile, in Sydney, wild winds have brought down trees and powerlines and toppled brick walls.
One man died after he was crushed by a brick wall at a building site in Carlingford shortly before 10am.
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.
For up to date forecasts and warnings, visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.