Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Riverina, Lower Western, Upper Western and parts of Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.
Issued at 8:28 pm Friday, 3 April 2020.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Tibooburra, Cobar and Broken Hill.
A cold front is currently moving through South Australia and will quickly track across western New South Wales on Saturday morning. Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop along this change with damaging wind gusts.
Mt Jack in Upper West received 41 mm in 2 hours till 08:00 am. Mandagery in the Central West received 35 mm in 2 hours till 04:45 pm.
Fowlers Gap AWS reported a wind gust of 104 km/h at 8:06pm
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.
* 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.