Wild weather for the first day of storm season – what to expect
Storm season falls between October and March every year and is the time of year when severe storms occur more frequently. Just in time for the start of storm season the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts.http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/severe.shtml
The Bureau is advising that a vigorous cold front will bring damaging winds to southern and central NSW today. Northwesterly winds will continue to strengthen over the southern and central NSW ahead of a strong cold front that will move across the state today. We are expected to see strong to gale force winds to develop this morning over the southern and central districts forecast, extending to the northeastern forecast districts this afternoon.
Damaging winds around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for the Sydney Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australia Capital Territory forecast districts and are possible for the Central West Slopes & Plains and Riverina forecast districts. Alpine Peaks may experience winds of 85 km/h with peak gusts around 130 km/h.
Winds are expected to ease this evening.
Thunderstorms are considered likely in the northeast this afternoon and may have some localised severe wind gusts associated with them.
The NSW SES 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 clear of fallen power lines
- Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road
For emergency help in floods and storms, contact the NSW SES on 132 500, remember if you emergency is life threatening call triple zero (000).