Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and blizzard conditions
for people in the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts
Issued at 10:30 pm EST on Thursday 31 July 2014.
VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NSW
A strong cold front from the Southern Ocean is currently crossing southeastern Australia, bringing vigorous winds to the region. Conditions in New South Wales are expected to ease somewhat through the night, although fresh and gusty winds will affect many areas during Friday as another front approaches.
Damaging wind gusts to 90 km/h are possible about elevated parts the Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts tonight and early Wednesday. These gusts are most likely associated with showers moving through the region.
Alpine Peaks in the Snowy Mountains districts are forecast to experience winds around 70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h tonight and early Wednesday, possibly generating blizzard conditions.
Wind gusts to 150 km/h were recorded at Thredbo Top Station Wednesday afternoon. Cooma, Bombala, Goulburn, Nerriga and Canberra reported average speeds near 65km/hr.
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 Friday.
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.