2 May 2023

Warning for damaging wind gusts throughout Wednesday

| Claire Fenwicke
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Severe wind warning

A severe wind warning for damaging gusts has been issued for Wednesday (3 May). Photo: BoM.

Wednesday (3 April) is set to be wild and windy, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a warning for damaging wind gusts throughout the day.

The warning is currently for elevated areas in the South Coast, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and South West Slopes, as well as further north.

People living in areas such as Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma and Adaminaby should tie down their trampolines and any other outdoor items which could be swept away in the wind.

It’s as a cold front begins moving through the Bass Strait and across NSW, causing westerly winds to strengthen throughout Wednesday morning.

Gusty conditions are predicted to continue to increase throughout the day, before easing in the evening.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible for parts of the warning area, becoming more likely in the middle of the day.

While damaging winds averaging 80 km/h to 90 km/h, with peak gusts around 125 km/h, are possible for alpine areas above 1900 metres from early Wednesday morning.

A gale wind warning has been issued for the Eden Coast for 3 May, while a strong wind warning has been issued for the Batemans and Illawarra Coasts.

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The State Emergency Service has advised people to:

  • 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.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5 pm.

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