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Damaging winds potential for Hawkesbury on Monday

Oct 30, 2022


Source: Bureau of Meteorology


The Bureau of Meteorology is warning this morning – Sunday – that a large area of NSW is likely to experience damaging northwesterly winds on Monday.


Although at this stage the Hawkesbury is not specifically mentioned, Penrith and Katoomba are, and judging by the warning area map released this morning, parts of the Hawkesbury could be affected – so simply be aware at this stage.


BOM says, “for people in Metropolitan [Sydney], the Hunter, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and parts of Mid North Coast, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.


A low pressure system in the western Bight is intensifying and moving rapidly southeastwards, to be located south of Kangaroo Island by early evening and south of the Victorian border around midnight. An associated front extending north from the low is progressing eastwards, and will move across the west and south of NSW on Monday.


DAMAGING northwesterly winds, averaging 50 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected during Monday.


On higher peaks above 1900m peak wind gusts in excess of 125 km/h are expected.


Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.


Locations which may be affected include Penrith, Katoomba, Bowral, Braidwood, Wollongong, Scone, Mudgee, Cooma, Bombala and Quirindi.


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