Severe Weather Warning

IDN28500

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Severe Weather Warning
for destructive winds and damaging winds
for people in the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts

Issued at 3:52 pm EST on Wednesday 30 July 2014.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NEW SOUTH WALES ON THURSDAY

Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure lies across northern New South Wales, while a low passes to the south of Tasmania. This pattern is generating strong winds over southern parts of the state, reaching gale-force on the Alps. Winds are expected to strengthening tonight. A strong cold front will approach southeastern Australia on Thursday with gales likely to become more general over southeast NSW.

The Alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains forecast district may experience winds averaging 65 to 80 km/h with peak gusts to 110 km/h during Wednesday. Destructive winds around 80 km/h with peak gusts of 140 km/h are forecast for parts of the Snowy Mountains forecast district on Thursday. Alpine Peaks may experience winds around 100 km/h with peak gusts around 150 km/h.

Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for parts of the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts on Thursday. Alpine Peaks may experience winds around 100 km/h with peak gusts around 150 km/h.

Wind gusts to 107 km/h at Thredbo and 98 km/h at Perisher Valley have been recorded since early Wednesday morning.

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 clear of fallen power lines.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Wednesday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.

The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.