NSW SES Urges Communities To Be Prepared For Wild Weather

19/08/2020 03:02 PM

NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is urging communities throughout the state to get ready for more wild weather this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Goulburn, Newcastle, Broken Hill and Thredbo Top, with strong winds, minor flooding and blizzards expected over the next few days.

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York has stressed the importance of communities staying vigilant before and during wild weather.

“The Bureau has said there is likely to be damaging winds of 60-70km/h, with gusts of over 90km/h this afternoon through to Thursday morning,” she said.

“This is likely to bring down trees and powerlines, and blow lose items away.

“We are encouraging communities to move their cars undercover or away from trees and put away any items that could blow away.

“If you do see fallen powerlines, please stay at least eight metres away.”

Commissioner York also said the Bureau has issued Flood Warnings for the Paroo River in far western NSW, Cooks River near Tempe, and the St Georges Basin.

“Just like with any flood, please keep clear and do not walk, drive or ride through floodwaters – they are deceptive and dangerous,” she said.

“There is also the risk of Blizzards and significant snowfall across the Alps towards the end of the week.”

“If you do need to travel, please look at Live Traffic NSW to plan your trip, and of course take it easy on the roads.”

Prepare for strong winds

For any assistance with floods or storms, please call NSW SES on 132 500. In any life-threatening emergencies dial Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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