A low pressure system is expected to deepen off the southern NSW coast during Thursday, deepen further and move north along central parts of the coast Thursday night/Friday morning before moving away to the east later Friday. Gale force, damaging winds are expected with this system, particularly along the coast, and localised heavy rain may cause flash flooding coast to eastern ranges. Damaging surf conditions are also expected.
Very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast to develop for the South Coast forecast district late Thursday, extending to the Illawarra Thursday night. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Thunderstorms and heavy rain may lead to localised flash flooding in the Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts and eastern parts of the Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains forecast districts during Thursday, more likely later in the day.
Damaging winds averaging around 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast to develop for coastal parts of the Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts Thursday afternoon.
Snow is possible on the ranges as low as 900-1000 metres.
SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION
The weather is likely to present a number of hazards with the public urged to take both preparatory action prior to the arrival of the bad weather as well as appropriate, safe actions once the bad weather hits.
In mountain areas where snow occurs, drive to the conditions and obey road closed signs. Check with the Roads and Maritime ‘Live Traffic’ http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html
for the latest information on road closures due to snow and ice.
Heavy rain may cause localised flash and riverine flooding, especially in the Illawarra. Check for road closures with Live Traffic at http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/desktop.html
and NEVER drive, ride or walk into floodwater. Deliberate entry into floodwater is the leading killer in a flood. More information on being FloodSafe can be found on the NSW SES Flood Safe website at www.floodsafe.com.au
Damage may be caused to homes and businesses by strong winds and heavy rain in affected areas. Prepare now by:
Cleaning gutters and downpipes
Trimming overhanging trees and branches
Securing or putting away loose items from yards and balconies.
Checking your roof is in good repair.
Making sure that your insurance is adequate and up to date.
Further information can be found on the NSW SES StormSafe site at www.stormsafe.com.au
If you require emergency help call the NSW SES on 132 500. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 000 immediately.