Firefighters to battle extreme winds

Wind gusts of up to 110km/h have this afternoon been forecast for NSW and ACT regions already experiencing catastrophic fire conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning about 2.30pm today predicting damaging winds of between  50km/h and 60km/h, with peak gusts of up to 110km/h, in parts of the Illawarra, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains districts. Gusts of between 90km/h and 100km/h were forecast in the Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory.

A wind gust of 105km/h was recorded at Cabramurra automatic weather station about 2pm.

The NSW State Emergency Service advised people to move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure loose items around the home,  and keep clear of fallen power lines.

For more information, visit the severe warnings section of the Bureau of Meteorology website here:

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