Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Metropolitan and Illawarra Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:49 pm Friday, 10 December 2021.

Damaging wind gusts forecast to affect the Illawarra and southern Metro due to a low pressure system offshore.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system has developed offshore the Illawarra coast in response to an upper level low. This system is expected to move out into the Tasman Sea tonight.

Locally DAMAGING WINDS averaging 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible over coastal areas and elevated terrain about the Illawarra and southern Metro on Friday evening. Winds are expected to ease as the low moves offshore later tonight.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Bulli, Port Kembla, Albion Park, Kiama and Huskisson.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the South Coast and Southern Tablelands districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

153.6mm recorded in the 6 hours to 8:00am at Lake Conjola, with 104mm falling in 3 hours.

170.8mm recorded in the 6 hours to 5:00am in the ranges immediately west of Moruya, with 122mm falling in 3 hours.

109 km/h wind gust recorded at Point Perpendicular at 2:11pm.

102 km/h wind gust recorded at Montague Island at 10:35am.

93 km/h wind gust recorded at Jervis Bay Airfield at 10:10am.

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.