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Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology

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Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS

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

Issued at 9:55 am Monday, 11 November 2019.

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will move through New South Wales and the ACT on Tuesday, with vigorous northwesterly winds expected ahead of the front over the southern ranges and Illawarra. The front will also bring a gusty southerly buster to the coastal fringe of the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter districts in the late afternoon and evening.

For Tuesday: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible over the Snowy Mountains district, Illawarra districts, eastern parts of the Southern Tablelands district, parts of the South Coast district and southern parts of the ACT. For Alpine areas above 1900 metres DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h, are expected.

For Tuesday evening: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible along the coastal fringe of the Sydney Metropolitan and Hunter districts (including the coastal fringe of the Central Coast).

Winds are expected to ease by Wednesday.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, The Entrance, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma, Thredbo 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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) 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 AEDT Monday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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