Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning
for Damaging, Locally Destructive Winds And Heavy Rainfall

for Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of Northern Rivers, Metropolitan and Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:09 pm Saturday, 5 December 2020.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BRING DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL. LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE CENTRAL WEST SLOPES & PLAINS AND CENTRAL TABLELANDS.

DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL for the following areas:
Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Northern Rivers, Metropolitan and Central West Slopes and Plains districts. Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Armidale, Orange, Tamworth and Dubbo.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
126km/h wind gust recorded at Trangie at 6:56pm.
111km/h wind gust recorded at Tibooburra at 3:34pm.
106km/h wind gust recorded at Cobar Airport at 4:59pm.
106km/h wind gust recorded at White Cliffs at 2:49pm.
98km/h wind gust recorded at Grafton at 3:44pm.
89km/h wind gust recorded at Wilcannia at 2:25pm.
Cancellation for the following areas:
Lower Western,South West Slopes,Upper Western,Riverina

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 (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* 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 11:10 pm.
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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