The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds in parts of the Hunter.
Strong and gusty winds are expected to develop over NSW on Thursday, in the wake of a cold front.
Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 kilometres per hour, with peak gusts in excess of 90 kilometres, are likely during the day, chiefly in the late morning and afternoon.
In alpine areas above 1900 metres, wind gusts may exceed 110 kilomtres per hour this morning.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring SES Unit on 132 500.
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