Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in South Coast and parts of Metropolitan, Illawarra, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:52 am Saturday, 2 April 2022.
Damaging wind gusts over southeast parts of the state with heavy rainfall developing over the far southeast on Saturday night.

Weather Situation: A deepening low in the Tasman Sea will become slow-moving while a strong high pressure system remains dominant over the Great Australian Bight. The deep low is forecast to adopt a southwesterly track during the latter parts of Saturday and approach the Victorian and New South Wales on Sunday.

Strong to DAMAGING WINDS averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts to around 100 km/h are likely over coastal communities between Kurnell to Narooma during early Saturday morning. Elsewhere across the warning area, DAMAGING WIND GUSTS with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible during this period.
Strong winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 90 km/h are possible over pats of the Snowy Mountains during Saturday morning and again on Sunday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast to develop over the parts of the South Coast and Snowy Mountains on Saturday night and continue through Sunday. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 50 to 90 mm are possible.
Saturated soil along areas of the east bring an increased risk of moderately gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.

A separate Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING SURF and ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES is current for the central and southern coast.
A FLOOD WATCH is current for the Lower NSW South Coast. For details, please see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Eden, Moruya Heads and Bombala.

91 km/h wind gust recorded at Montague Island at 4:19 am.
98 km/h wind gust recorded at Cabramurra at 11:56pm (Friday).
91 km/h wind gust recorded at Point Perpendicular at 6:36 pm (Friday).
100 km/h wind gust recorded at Montague Island at 5:15 pm (Friday).
96 km/h wind gust recorded at Kiama at 4:30 pm (Friday).

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.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* 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.