Issued at 3:55 pm EST on Tuesday July 29, 2014.
A severe Weather Warning for damaging winds has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for people in the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts.
A ridge of high pressure lies across northern New South Wales, while a series of cold fronts from the Southern Ocean are moving across southeast Australia. This pattern is generating gusty winds over southern and central parts of the state today, which are expected to ease slightly during Wednesday before reintensifying on Thursday.
Alpine peaks in the Snowy Mountain forecast district may experience winds averaging around 80 km/h today and early Wednesday, with peak gusts to 110 km/h.
Remaining parts of the Snowy Mountains district, plus higher parts of the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands and ACT forecast districts, may experience damaging wind gusts to 90 km/h this afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts to 109 km/h at Thredbo, 93 km/h Mount Ginini, 91 km/h at Perisher Valley, and 87 km/h at Cooma Airport were reported this afternoon
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 clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.