Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Metropolitan, Illawarra and parts of Hunter, South Coast, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:14 pm Tuesday, 19 April 2022.
A line of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds is moving rapidly east towards the NSW central coast.

Weather Situation: A low over southern inland NSW extends a cold front northwards over inland parts of the state, with relatively moist and unstable air to its east. This system will move rapidly eastwards through the remainder of today. An upper level trough will produce strong winds in the upper atmosphere, enhancing the potential for severe storms from now into the evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Sydney, Penrith, Parramatta, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Katoomba and Goulburn.

A 106 km/h gust was recorded at Goulburn at 8:11 pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car 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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.