Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

17 October 2018 19:13 EDT

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for LARGE HAILSTONES, HEAVY RAINFALL and DAMAGING WINDS

For people in Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and parts of Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:13 pm Wednesday, 17 October 2018.

Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure is moving across central New South Wales.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and parts of the Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains districts. Locations which may be affected include Scone, Cessnock, Maitland, Penrith, Parramatta, Bowral, Campbelltown, Katoomba, Kandos, Bilpin, Quirindi and Tambar Springs.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the North West Slopes and Plains district. Locations which may be affected include Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Mungindi, Wee Waa, Bellata, Burren Junction, Mullaley, Boggabri and Tambar Springs.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car 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.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.


The next warning is due to be issued by 10:15 pm.

If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.