Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands and parts of Northern Rivers, South Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:20 am Tuesday, 31 May 2022.

Risk for damaging winds continuing on and east of the Great Dividing Range.

Weather Situation: A deep low pressure system over the southwest Tasman Sea will maintain a vigorous westerly flow over NSW on Tuesday.

DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts reaching up to 90 to 100km/h are likely on and east of the Great Dividing Range, with gusts to 110km/h possible about exposed higher ground. Strong winds averaging 60 to 70km/h are possible about higher ground and through the Hunter region. Winds are expected to ease in the north later today.

Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Taree, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Armidale, Canberra and Goulburn.

Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines, particularly along elevated terrain.

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.