Severe weather warning issued for the Highlands

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds.

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

Vigorous westerly winds are being generated over the southeast from a series of passing cold fronts.

Damaging westerly winds, averaging above 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h may develop about the higher ground of the Southern Tablelands, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and South Coast districts on Friday morning, extending to the coast during the day.

The National Parks Service of NSW recommends that people consider postponing back country travel until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Goulburn, Thredbo, Nowra, Braidwood and Cooma.

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. 
  • The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Thursday.

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