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Source: Australia Bureau of Meteorology

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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Severe Weather Warning

for DAMAGING WINDS

For people in parts of Snowy Mountains Forecast District.

Issued at 4:52 am Thursday, 24 October 2019.

VIGOROUS WINDS OVER ALPINE PEAKS ON FRIDAY

Weather Situation: Vigorous northwesterly winds are expected to develop over the high country of southeastern New South Wales on Friday ahead of an approaching cold front. The front is forecast to move through the southeast on Saturday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are expected for Alpine areas above 1900 metres during Friday.

Winds are forecast to gradually ease during the weekend as the front moves further east.

Locations which may be affected include higher peaks about Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo.

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.
* 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.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEDT Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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