Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of Hunter, Metropolitan, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:29 am Tuesday, 12 November 2019.

A strong cold front will move through New South Wales and the ACT today, accompanied by vigorous westerly winds. The front will also bring a gusty southerly buster to the coastal fringe of the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter districts in the late afternoon and evening.

This morning and afternoon: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible over the Snowy Mountains district, Illawarra district, eastern parts of the Southern Tablelands district, parts of the South Coast district and southern parts of the ACT.

Late this afternoon and evening: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible along the coastal fringe of the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan and Hunter districts (including the Central Coast).
Winds are expected to ease by Wednesday.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney, Wollongong, The Entrance, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma, Thredbo and Bombala.

A gust of 91 km/h was recorded at Bombala at 8:59am.

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.