Severe Weather Warning


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 10:25 pm EST on Wednesday 30 July 2014.


Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure lies across northern New South Wales, while a series of cold fronts pass across Tasmania. This pattern is generating strong winds over southern parts of the state, which are expected to strengthen during Thursday as a particularly strong cold front approaches from the Southern Ocean.

Alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountains forecast district are experiencing winds averaging 60 to 80 km/h with gusts to 120 km/h tonight, are are forecast to increase during Thursday to 80 to 100 km/h with gusts to 150 km/h.

Remaining parts of the Snowy Mountains forecasts district are forecast to experience damaging winds averaging 60 to 80 km/h during Thursday, with destructive gusts to 130 km/h possible, chiefly in the afternoon.

Damaging winds averaging 50 to 70 km/h with gusts to 100 km/h are forecast for the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts on Thursday, chiefly in the afternoon. Elevated areas are more likely to be affected.

Wind gusts to 117 km/h have been recorded at Thredbo Top Station this evening.

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 5:00 am EST Thursday.

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

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