Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:40 pm Friday, 6 September 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS DEVELOPING ACROSS THE EAST

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 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are likely for eastern districts during Friday afternoon and evening in the hours before and after the passage of the cold front. While winds will ease behind the change 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 have developed across inland districts on Friday, and are likely to extend across the northern ranges and to the northern coastlines by Saturday morning.

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 Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma and Tamworth.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Highest Wind Gusts Since 9am Friday:

Badgerys Creek 96km/h at 3:55pm

Richmond 91km/h at 4:30pm

Murrurundi 111km/h at 3:27pm

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.