The SES issued a severe weather warning at 11am Wednesday, June 1 for damaging winds for people in Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

There’s a risk for damaging winds continuing on and east of the Great Dividing Range today, starting to ease from this afternoon.

A deep low-pressure system over the southeastern Tasman Sea will maintain a vigorous westerly flow over eastern NSW today. A trough embedded in the westerly flow will clip the south coast, strengthening winds over Alpine and southeastern NSW before moving away from the coast this afternoon.

Damaging winds are averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h possible on and east of the Great Dividing Range from the Illawarra to the Queensland border, easing this afternoon. On and east of the ranges in southern parts of NSW damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are possible.

Blizzards are also likely about locations above 1800 metres, and possible above 1200 metres.

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

Conditions are expected to ease over southern parts during this afternoon and evening.

Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Goulburn, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, and Armidale.

Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines, particularly along elevated terrain.
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.