strong winds - 2ST

Another warning about severe weather

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There's been another severe weather warning for areas including the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and South Coast.

The Weather Bureau is predicting damaging winds developing over the southeast during Saturday.

It says a strengthening southwesterly airstream will extend northwards during Saturday as a deep low pressure system moves past the southeast of Tasmania.

The low will extend a cold front northwards into Victoria and New South Wales overnight into Sunday morning, with winds then expected to weaken in the middle of Sunday as the front moves offshore into the Tasman Sea.

Strong west to southwesterly winds with damaging wind gusts of around 90 km/h are possible in the South Coast district from mid Saturday morning, extending to the remainder of the warning area by late Saturday afternoon.

Winds are expected to peak in strength overnight into Sunday morning, before largely easing to below severe thresholds by Sunday afternoon.

Locally damaging winds reaching 60 to 70 km/h with peak gust of around 100 km/h are possible about coastal parts of the Illawarra during Sunday morning.

For people travelling to the start of the ski season the forecast snowfall coinciding with strong winds brings the risk ofblizzards for parts of the Snowy Mountains district above 1200 m from Saturday afternoon until late Sunday morning.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

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.    * Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.    * 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.    * Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.    * For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. 

Dozens of calls for SES help

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The Orange Army has been out in force as damaging winds continue to lash the region.

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The SES has responded to 40 calls for assistance across the Illawarra, South Coast and Highlands overnight.

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Crews worked with Fire and Rescue NSW to secure a wind damaged building adjacent to the railway lines at Scarborough.

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Yesterday, volunteers attended to 59 call outs across the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands.

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Gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected again today before easing this evening.

We've already had some strong gusts this morning with 80kmph recorded at Moss vale and 70k's at Kiama.

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If you require assistance call the SES on 132 500

Images: NSW SES

Severe weather warning

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The coast and Highlands are  in for some mighty strong winds today.

The Weather Bureau has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for the Illawarra and parts of the South Coast and the Highlands.

GRAHAM BITTAN from Weatherzone says wind gusts of up to 90-kmph are expected and  already reached 72-kmph in Nowra just after 6 this morning and 69k's at Moss Vale just after 4 o'clock .."Mainly exposed coastal and elevated parts will see the highest gusts today and the gusts will be strongest from about mid morning today, right through till the end of Monday."

Photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/dog-wind-animal-cute-pet-outdoor-702733/

Strong wind warning from the Weather Bureau

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The Weather Bureau has issued a strong wind warning, with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected about the high terrain and eastern slopes from the Alps and along the Great Dividing Range from Bombala to south of Crookwell, and also over the Illawarra from the escarpment to the coast.

Saturated soils in the Central Tablelands and Illawarra/Shoalhaven bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Goulburn and Cooma.

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Wind damage at dingo sanctuary

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Staff at the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary can't seem to take a trick at the moment.

Strong winds on Sunday night brought down three large trees and two and a half years ago the Green Wattle Creek Fire destroyed the archives, shed and fences.

Sanctuary Co - Founder Lucille Ellum said a big cleanup is now underway.

"Alot of wind damage,

"It's very disappointing, when the fire damaged fences aren't fixed and now a couple of years later, it's tree damage,

"I just wish someone would send us some good luck,"Ms. Ellum said.

Image: Bargo Dingo Sanctuary via Facebook

Wind warning again

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Apparently we haven't seen the last of the strong winds.

The weather bureau calls them VIGOROUS winds.. we call them annoying.. 

The Bureau has issued a severe weather warning for some damaging NW winds to sweep into the region this evening.

Once again the wind speed will average about 60 to 70kmph... with gusts in excess of 90k's.

Nowra, Bowral, Nerriga and Huskisson are among the locations expected to be affected.