Source: Bureau of Meteorology
For people in parts of Blue Mountains/Hawkesbury, Greater Newcastle, Gosford/Wyong, Sydney and Greater Wollongong areas.
Issued at 4:10 pm Thursday, 14 October 2021.
THIS INCLUDES A TORNADO WARNING.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:05 pm, very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Horsley Park, Riverstone and Fairfield. These thunderstorms are moving towards the south to southeast. Very dangerous thunderstorms are forecast to affect Parramatta, Sydney Airport, Sydney Olympic Park and Liverpool by 4:35 pm and Sydney City, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Randwick by 5:05 pm.
Other severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Richmond, Newcastle City, Calga, Engadine and Swansea. They are forecast to affect Woy Woy, Waterfall and Budgewoi by 4:35 pm and Gordon, Manly and waters off Stanwell Park by 5:05 pm.
Tornadoes, destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
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.