A strong cold front will cross New South Wales on Saturday, bringing windy conditions to most of the state. The strongest winds are expected about parts of southeast New South Wales.
For areas above 1900 metres, damaging winds averaging 80 to 90kmh with peak gusts in excess of 120kmh are possible from early Saturday about the Alpine Peaks.
For areas below 1900 metres, damaging winds averaging 60 to 70kmh with peak gusts in excess of 90kmh are possible from mid-morning Saturday for the Snowy Mountains, Illawarra and parts of the Southern Tablelands, South Coast and Australian Capital Territory. Elevated areas are most susceptible.
Winds are expected to gradually ease on Saturday night.
Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Bega, Moruya Heads, Goulburn, Cooma and Bombala.
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.
- Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
Warnings are available on the Bureau of Meteorology's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.