Severe storm warning for Wauchope, Port Macquarie area

The BOM has issued a storm warning for our area.

The BOM has issued a storm warning for our area.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Tamworth, Moree, Dubbo and Cobar.

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.

Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.

Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.

- Barrington Tops (Bonnie Doon) recorded 53mm in 60min around 12:30.

- Blayney recorded 34.6mm in 60min around 12:30.

- Bendemeer (Bonna) recorded 44mm in 60min to 14:00.

- Markwell (Myall R) recorded 64.5 mm in the 60min to 14:30.

- Wooton recorded 43mm the 30min to 14:30.

- Bulahdelah (Myall R) recorded 57.5mm in the 60min to 14:50.

- Bulahdelah (Myall R) recorded 78mm in the 2hrs to 15:30.

- Crinolyn recorded 60.2mm in the 30min to 15:38.

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.

The next warning is due to be issued by 8:10 pm.

If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding areas or Canberra and Queanbeyan, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in these areas.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 210. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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