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BOM issues severe weather warning for winds up to 120 km/h

Michael Weaver7 October 2020
Damaging winds

A severe weather warning for damaging winds in the ACT, Snowy Mountains and South has been issued. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for winds in excess of 100 km/h which are expected to hit the region this afternoon and evening (7 October).

The Bureau released the warning just after 11:00 am for winds averaging between 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 120 km/h likely in the Snowy Mountains and parts of the South Coast, South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory districts.

The winds will strengthen as a dynamic frontal system moves across the south of NSW before tracking away to the north during the afternoon.

Further bands of rain and possible thunderstorms are also predicted. There is no mention of hail. Up to 15 mm of rain is expected to fall, with possible snow showers in the Snowy Mountains for areas above 1900 metres.

Winds are expected to ease late on Thursday (8 October) as the frontal system pushes away to the north-east.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should move their vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away loose items around their house, yard and balcony.

People can also report any fallen power lines or outages to their local energy supplier.

Following a warm and sunny long weekend, the maximum daytime temperatures are forecast to remain below 20 degrees Celsius between now and Friday, with further rainfalls of up to 20 mm predicted.

Original Article published by Michael Weaver on The RiotACT.

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