Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of Hunter, Metropolitan, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:09 pm Sunday, 29 November 2020.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER EASTERN NSW TODAY

A low pressure trough is crossing central and eastern New South Wales today, accompanied by vigorous northwesterly winds.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 70 to 90 km/h, with gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are possible this morning and early afternoon.

For areas below 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are expected this morning and afternoon. Winds are forecast to ease during the evening.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn and Cooma.

Wind gusts recorded today:

Braidwood 93 km/h

Goulburn 89 km/h

Cooma 91 km/h

Nerriga 109 km/h

Bombala 95 km/h

Thredbo 107 km/h

Nowra 104 km/h

High Range (Wanganderry) 104 km/h

Moss Vale 94 km/h

Kurnell 91 km/h

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.