Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, South Coast, Snowy Mountains and parts of Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:58 pm Friday, 4 May 2018.


A cold front will cross eastern parts of New South Wales today. A vigorous northwesterly airstream precedes this system, with a gusty west to southwesterly change accompanying its' passage.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 80 to 90 km/h, with peak gusts to 120 km/h, are expected until early afternoon.

For areas below 1900 metres: DAMAGING WIND gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible today about parts of the southern ranges, Illawarra, Central Tablelands and South Coast, mostly during the afternoon.

Conditions are forecast to ease significantly during the late afternoon and evening.

Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba, High Range, Goulburn, Cooma, Nerriga, Jindabyne, Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass, Thredbo, Bredbo and Nimmitabel.

Thredbo Top Station recorded wind gusts up to 117km/h overnight.

A wind gust of 100km/h was recoreded at Montague Island at 1:48pm.

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.