The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for parts of the South Coast.
A strong cold front moved through eastern New South Wales on Monday afternoon, and a trough approaching from the southwest is expected to cross the south of the state in the evening and early on Tuesday.
Damaging winds averaging between 50 to 65 km/h are possible over the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Southern Highlands. Peak gusts reaching about 90km/h are possible, BOM reports.
Winds are expected to ease on Tuesday afternoon, but will remain fresh until Wednesday, August 8.
Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba and Goulburn.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.