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Severe Weather Warning for NSW

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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Severe Weather Warning
for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in parts of Snowy Mountains Forecast District.

Issued at 4:05 am Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

VIGOROUS WESTERLY WINDS DEVELOPING OVER ALPINE PEAKS

Weather Situation: A cold front will clip the far southeast of New South Wales on Wednesday morning, followed by a second on Thursday morning. Winds will strengthen over the Alpine peaks ahead of each front.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 75 to 85 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible for Alpine areas above 1900 metres on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Winds are expected to ease during Thursday after the passage of the second front.

BLIZZARD conditions are likely at times from Tuesday evening through to Thursday morning.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Thredbo Top Station and Charlotte Pass.

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.
* 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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.


The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Tuesday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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