NSW Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Large possibly Giant Hail, Heavy Rain, Damaging Winds


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Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:40 pm Monday, 20 January 2020.

Weather Situation:
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging 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 Lismore, Grafton, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Armidale and Tamworth.

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.
31.2mm rainfall was recorded at Bendethera in the 30 mins to 2.00pm.
88 km/h wind gust was recorded at Murrurundi around 2.45pm.
4.5cm hail was observed at Campbelltown around 3pm.

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.


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