Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Mid North Coast, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:40 am Friday, 6 September 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS DEVELOPING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN INLAND ON FRIDAY AND EASTERN NSW ON SATURDAY

Weather Situation: A strong cold front over the state's west will sweep across the remainder of New South Wales today, generating vigorous winds in it's wake. A low pressure system associated with this front is forecast to deepen near Bass Strait this evening and then slowly move away to the east. This will maintain vigorous westerly winds

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible for southwestern New South Wales (including the Lower Western and western parts of the Riverina forecast districts) on Friday afternoon and evening. Winds are expected to ease a little in this area during Friday night.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible eastern districts during Friday afternoon and evening along the cold front, possibly stretching over the northern ranges by the evening. DAMAGING WINDS, will remain over the Central Ranges and Southeastern Districts during Saturday, with gusty winds remaining for Sydney coastline over Saturday afternoon.

Significant areas of raised dust are likely to develop across inland districts on Friday, possibly extending to the northern coastline late on Friday afternoon or evening.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h, are possible from Saturday morning.

Winds in the east of the state are currently forecast to ease during Sunday.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Katoomba, Goulburn, Thredbo, Wentworth, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth and Scone.

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.