Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:58 am Saturday, 11 April 2020.

STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS TODAY

A strong cold front will cross New South Wales today, generating blustery westerly winds. Conditions are expected to ease tonight, as the cold front moves away to the east.

For areas below 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected today about the Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Southern and Central Tablelands, South Coast and Illawarra districts, and parts of the South West Slopes, Hunter, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands districts. Thunderstorms are also forecast across the southern ranges and coast today, and may exacerbate gusty conditions.

For areas above 1900 metres, DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h are likely.

Conditions are expected to ease later this evening or early Sunday.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn, Canberra, Yass, Batemans Bay, Armidale, and Newcastle.

Perisher Valley recorded a wind gust of 96 km/h at 03:22 am.

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.