Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.
Issued at 6:49 pm Sunday, 16 February 2020.
GUSTY STORMS WITH HEAVY BURSTS OF RAIN FOR INLAND NSW
Weather Situation: An inland trough combined with a moist airmass over central and eastern NSW will combine to bring thunderstorms to large parts of the state today.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones over the next several hours in the North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory districts. Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Mudgee, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Dubbo.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Glen Innes, Inverell, Guyra, Emmaville, Tingha and Bundarra.
42mm of rainfall was recorded at Coonabarabran Airport in the 30 minutes to 2.00pm.
30.2mm of rainfall was recorded in Coolah in the 30 minutes to 4.15pm.
39mm of rainfall was recorded at Elsmore in the 30 minutes to 6.00pm.
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.
* 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.