A severe weather warning remains in place for damaging winds on Saturday after a wild and windy end to the working week on Friday.
People in the Illawarra and many other parts of the state are being warned of vigorous winds on Saturday.
The Bureau of Meteorology says it is being driven by a deep low pressure system south of the Bight which will move slowly east over the next few days.
A series of troughs and cold fronts associated with the low are forecast to cross south-east Australia bringing a vigorous westerly airflow to the region.
Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90km/h, are likely to continue on Saturday with the Illawarra and Shoalhaven among the locations likely to be impacted.
On Friday afternoon at 3.13pm Bellambi recorded a 96km/h wind gust after Port Kembla recorded 100km/h winds at 12:37pm during a gusty thunderstorm.
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.
There is also a marine weather warning for gale force winds along the Illawarra Coast.
We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.