Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Hunter, Illawarra and parts of Mid North Coast, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:38 pm Saturday, 17 July 2021.

VIGOROUS WINDS ACROSS THE EAST.

A deep low pressure system to the south of the state has built a strong gradient of pressure across the state, producing strong and gusty westerly winds. As this low shifts into the Tasman Sea later tonight, this gradient will relax and winds will ease and winds will ease.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h continue to impact areas of the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter, Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast Districts.

The threat of damaging winds will ease by late Saturday into possibly early Sunday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Cessnock, Maitland, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Bowral, Armidale, Katoomba and Goulburn.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South Coast, South West Slopes, Lower Western, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Since 9am Saturday Peak Wind Observations include:

Wollongong 98km/h at 2:50pm

Kurnell 93km/h at 1:26pm

Murrurundi 91km/h at 12:49pm

Nowra 91km/h at 4:32pm

Sydney Airport 81km/h at 1:48pm

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.