Update: The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe weather warning for the Illawarra and Nowra.
The immediate threat of severe weather has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
Earlier: Sunshine warmed the Illawarra on Saturday and Sunday morning, but cold and windy weather is coming.
A severe weather warning for damaging winds remains current for the region, as a strong cold front moves through the state.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, vigorous west to north-westerly winds are expected ahead of the front on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible in Wollongong, northern parts of the South Coast and eastern parts of the Southern Tablelands. Elevated locations are most susceptible.
Winds are expected to gradually ease by Sunday evening.
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.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5pm Sunday.