Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:49 pm Saturday, 26 October 2019.

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

Weather Situation: Vigorous west to northwesterly winds for 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 over the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Central Coast, and parts of the Southern and Central Tablelands and Hunter forecast districts, including Barrington Tops.

DAMAGING WINDS, are also likely with showers and thunderstorms affecting parts of the Riverina, South West Slopes, ACT, Snowy Mountains and South Coast.

Winds are expected to gradually ease overnight Saturday into Sunday.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Eden, Katoomba, Goulburn, Cooma, Foster, Scone and Albury.

Wind gusts recorded on 26the October:

102 km/h at Bellambi at 4:35am

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

91 km/h at Williamtown Airport at 1:18pm

124 km/h at Murrurundi Gap at 3:10pm

96 km/h at Singleton at 1:26pm

91 km/h at Williamtown at 1:18pm

89 km/h at Bega at 3:44pm

89 km/h at Nerriga at 3:45pm

89 km/h at Nowra at 4:30pm

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.