Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Hunter, Metropolitan and Illawarra Forecast Districts.

Issued at 11:10 am Wednesday, 26 February 2020.

SOUTHERLY BUSTER

Weather Situation: A cold front moving across southern and central New South Wales today will bring a vigorous southerly wind change along the coast late this afternoon and this evening.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe between Jervis Bay and the Central Coast this evening, as a vigorous southerly wind change moves along the coast.

Exposed areas are most susceptible. The strongest winds are expected on the head of the change. Winds are expected to slowly ease for each location a few hours following the arrival of the southerly change.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, The Entrance, Bulli, Port Kembla, Kiama and Huskisson.

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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.