Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts
Issued at 10:49 am EST on Wednesday 30 July 2014.
VIGOROUS WINDS OVER SOUTHEAST NEW SOUTH WALES
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 ease slightly during Wednesday before strengthening again late on Wednesday or Wednesday night. A strong cold front will approach southeastern Australia 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.
Damaging winds around 60 to 80 km/h with peak gusts of 110 km/h are forecast for parts of the Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts on Thursday. The Alpine Peaks may experience winds around 80 km/h with peak gusts around 130 km/h on Thursday.
Wind gusts to 104 km/h at Thredbo and 98 km/h at Perisher Valley Tuesday night/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 5:00 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.