Severe weather warning for damaging winds

June 26, 2023 7:02 pm in by
Bureau of Meteorology

A severe weather warning is place this evening for damaging winds across the Coast and Highlands.

Strong westerly winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with possible DAMAGING WIND GUSTS around 90 km/h are forecast to continue for the South Coast and Illawarra, possibly reaching 100 km/h in the Illawarra.

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

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Significant observations to 5pm on Monday include:

  • 102 km/h gust at 12:50 pm at Shellharbour Airport
  • 100 km/h gust at 12:00 am at Nowra
  • 98 km/h gust at 3:17 pm at Kiama
  • 93 km/h gust at 2:01 am at Bellambi

The State Emergency Service has the following advice:

  • 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.