23 January 2020

Severe weather warnings issued for South Coast and surrounds

| Dominic Giannini
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ACT State Emergency Service clearing storm damage. Photo: ACT State Emergency Service Facebook.

A severe weather warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for southeastern and central parts of NSW today with forecasts of “vigorous and gusty winds” of up to 120 km/h for areas above 1,900 metres.

For areas below 1,900 metres, damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts reaching 90 km/h are possible for the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, ACT, Illawarra and parts of the Central Tablelands.

Severe weather warning

A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds along the coast. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology.

Winds are expected to ease this evening.

The State Emergency Service (SES) advises that people should move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away loose items around their house, yard and balcony.

Fallen power lines should be reported to Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093).

A total fire ban also remains in place for the South Coast as the fire danger rating is set at severe.

NSW Rural Fire Service public liaison officer Kelwyn White says that despite recent rainfall, Eurobodalla is expected to experience a return to warm, dry and windy conditions and increasing fire activity is therefore likely.

“The fires are still not under control, although easing conditions of late have provided opportunity to implement containment strategies,” she said.

“We are asking the community to remain vigilant and not allow complacency to set in as we are yet to see these strategies tested under adverse conditions.”

Residents in Eurobodalla’s rural and remote locations are being urged to review their bushfire survival plan and be aware of fire danger ratings and alert levels.

Eurobodalla will also move to level 4 water restrictions on Tuesday, 28 January. This means that gardens can only be watered with cans or buckets, and washing and rinsing of private vehicles must be done on the grass with buckets between either 6:00 to 8:00 am or 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Eurobodalla’s Recovery Centre in Batemans Bay will get mobile this Friday, visiting the communities of Mogo and Malua Bay to talk to fire-impacted residents about their needs.

Friday, 24 January, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Boomerang Meeting Place, 2 Church Street, Mogo.

Malua Bay:
Friday, 24 January, 3.30 pm to 6:00 pm
Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club, 560 George Bass Dr, Malua Bay.

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