A strong cold front sweeping across the state is forecast to move offshore today, with damaging winds and surf predicted for the South Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology advised a transient low pressure system will then form within the front, deepening off central coastal waters late today and generating vigorous winds and sea over central and southern waters.
This low is expected to move slowly east during the mid week, with conditions easing as it tracks into the Tasman Sea.
Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe of the South Coast districts from late today onwards.
Winds are expected to gradually ease below gale or damaging wind thresholds during Wednesday morning as the low slowly tracks to the Tasman Sea.
Damaging surf with waves of at least five metres, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is expected through the warning area from late today onwards, and is likely to continue through Wednesday.
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people are advised to stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas. Locations which may be affected include Kiama, Huskisson and Ulladulla.
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.
- 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 5pm 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.