Weather warnings: Strong, damaging winds

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UPDATE

The Lithgow region is continuing to experience high winds and the Bureau of Meteorology has updated its warnings for Wednesday, August 16. 

The Bureau recorded that Mt Boyce recorded a wind gust of 91km/h at 9.30am, with other areas of the state experiencing gusts up to 110km/h.

The winds are expected to remain until the evening, with Katoomba expected to be within the most affected region. 

SES has renewed warnings to take precautions to make sure your home is secure in the high winds. 

EARLIER 

Lithgow is experiencing high winds as part of a severe weather system in the region. 

A weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 4.53am for parts of the Central Tablelands, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts remains in place with the next warning to be issued at 11am.

“Gale force northwesterly winds are being generated ahead of an approaching cold front,” the warning states.

WARNING: The wild weather will be spread across a wide area this morning. IMAGE: Bureau of Meteorology.

WARNING: The wild weather will be spread across a wide area this morning. IMAGE: Bureau of Meteorology.

“The front will cross southeast NSW this morning, accompanied by a broader area of vigorous westerly winds.”

If damaging winds do hit the region, 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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill. 
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.