Source: Bureau of Meteorology
or people in parts of Hunter Forecast District.
Issued at 8:23 am Monday, 26 October 2020.
HEAVY RAIN HUNTER COAST (INCLUDING CENTRAL COAST)
Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure off the coast is bringing heavy rain and vigorous southeasterly winds.
HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is expected through the morning.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible on the coastal fringe
The heavy rain and damaging winds are expected to ease during the afternoon.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Maitland, The Entrance, Woy Woy and Kulnura.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
Williamtown has had 48.4 mm in 1 hour to 8 am.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles 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.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.