Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands, Metropolitan, Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:43 pm Thursday, 4 August 2022.

Damaging winds in the southeast, heavy rainfall in the north.

Weather Situation: A complex low pressure system moving across the eastern Great Australian Bight and an associated trough and cold front are causing vigorous northwesterly winds across southeast NSW, as well as the potential for heavy rainfall. These conditions will generally ease on Friday morning, however a second front may lead to further damaging winds across the south on Friday afternoon.

DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected to redevelop Friday morning about the high terrain and eastern slopes from the Alps and along the Great Dividing Range from Bombala to south of Crookwell, and also over the Illawarra from the escarpment to the coast.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected across central and northern parts of the Central Tablelands into the southern Northwest Slopes and Plains through this evening. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 30 and 50 mm are possible with localised higher falls up to around 70 mm with shower and thunderstorm activity.

Saturated soils in the Central Tablelands and Illawarra bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.

Flood Watch and several flood warnings are current for Inland New South Wales Central and South West Catchments. See

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Goulburn, Tamworth and Narrabri.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South West Slopes district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

Khancoban recorded a wind gust of 100 km/h at 2:05am Thursday.

Cabramurra recorded a gust of 98 km/h at 12:17 am Thursday.

60mm recorded in the 6 hours to 10:30pm at Blackville (southwest of Tamworth).

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.