Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 9:18 am Saturday, 26 October 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER THE CENTRAL WESTERN PARTS OF THE STATE ON SATURDAY

Weather Situation: vigorous west to northwesterly winds are forecast to develop over the higher ground about the central parts of the state during Saturday ahead of an approaching cold front.

DAMAGING WINDS, average 60 to 70 km/h with peak gust in excess of 90 km/h are expected today over the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Central Coast, and parts of the Southern and Central Tablelands and the Hunter forecast districts, including Barrington Tops.

DAMAGING WINDS, are also possible during the morning for the South Coast and eastern parts of the Snowy Mountains District. These winds will likely ease by late morning.

Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight Saturday into Sunday for remaining areas of the warning.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Goulburn, Bombala, Bega, Eden and Barrington Tops.

102 km/h gust at Bellambi at 4:35am

96 km/h gust at Bombala Airport at 8:46am

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.