Sydney Weather: Breaking News – High winds are impacting Sydney, with gusts Over 100km/hr impacting the city.
The winds are creating havoc in the fire grounds across New South Wales and also bringing dust from the interior of Australia.
A bushfire Emergency is now being declared in some areas, with the winds expected to pick up the flames and rapidly change the fire situation.
People in some areas are being told to brace for the forefront.
We’re seeing an increase in bushfire risk as the strong southerly change continues to make its way north through the night. The gusty wind may make local fire behaviour erratic as they hit the different blazes.
A follower of Sydney News on Facebook said what it was like:
“It’s awful, been awake for an hour now listening to the strong gusts of winds. It’s very scary & even without the threat of fire these winds will cause a lot of damage 😔 Stay safe everyone, please 🙏“
A vigorous cold front is moving through southern, central and far western parts of New South Wales.
DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts above 90 km/h, are possible along the coastal fringe of the Illawarra, Sydney, Central and Hunter Coast early Saturday morning.
Winds are expected to slowly ease during Saturday morning.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Albion Park and Huskisson.
Severe Weather is no longer occurring across inland NSW, and the warning for this region has been cancelled.
A wind gust of 113 km/h was recorded at Kiama at 00:58am Saturday.
A wind gust of 100 km/h was recorded at Montague Island at 9:47pm Friday.
A wind gust of 91 km/h was recorded at Sydney Airport at 1:36am Saturday.
A wind gust of 91 km/h was recorded at Wagga Wagga Airport at 9:14pm Friday.
Average wind speeds of 60 to 70 km/h have been recorded at Kiama, Bellambi, Sydney Airport, Hay Airport, Deniliquin Airport, Broken Hill Airport, Yanco and Cobar Airport Friday night and Saturday morning.
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 5:00 am AEDT Saturday.
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.
Ryan is Contributing Editor