Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and parts of Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 2:08 pm Monday, 20 January 2020.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OUTBREAK ACROSS SOUTHERN NSW
A low pressure system over inland New South Wales is drawing humid air across eastern parts of the state causing widespread thunderstorm activity. This system is expected to gradually move to the Tasman Sea later tonight.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Goulburn, Tamworth and Moree.
There is a very dangerous thunderstorm near Dungog, moving to the southeast towards the Port Stephens area at approximately 60 km/hr. This storm may have locally destructive wind gusts and possibly giant hail.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes and Riverina districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
Yanco AWS recorded 25mm of rainfall in the 30 minutes to 8:30am.
116 km/h wind gust recorded at Canberra Airport around 12.45pm.
90 km/h wind gust was recorded at Bathurst Airport around 1.00pm.
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.
* 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.