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Severe weather warning for parts of South Coast

October 12, 2023 11:15 am in by
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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds for people in parts of the Illawarra, South Coast, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

The warning was issued at 11am on Thursday, 12 October 2023.

Damaging winds are continuing over alpine areas until Thursday afternoon, and developing over the southern coastal fringe in the late afternoon.

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Weather Situation: Strong north to northwesterly winds in alpine areas will continue ahead a cold front that will move eastwards across southern NSW today, with winds easing following the passage of the front during the afternoon.

A strong southerly change will move rapidly up the coast in the afternoon and evening, with winds easing in the wake of the front.

For ALPINE AREAS above 1900m: Damaging winds averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts of around 110 km/h are possible, easing during the afternoon.

For parts of the SOUTHERN COASTAL FRINGE: A brief period of damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible in exposed areas of the coast with the passage of the front.

Winds are expected to ease below warning thresholds in the evening.

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Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Top Station, Batemans Bay, and Moruya Heads.

A 108 km/h gust was recorded at Thredbo Top Station at 10:11 am Thursday.

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.

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-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.

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-For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

Image: Photo by Suparerg Suksai via Pexels

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