Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:45 pm Thursday, 15 July 2021.

VIGOROUS WINDS ACROSS THE RANGES ON FRIDAY

A deep low pressure system, currently south of the Bight, will move slowly east during the next couple of days. A series of troughs and cold fronts associated with this low are forecast to cross southeast Australia during this period, bringing vigorous winds to the region, particularly on Friday and Saturday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are possible during Friday afternoon and evening. Higher terrain within the warning area is most at risk.

The threat of damaging winds is likely to continue into Saturday, before easing later on the weekend.

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

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.