Rain around the corner, storms on the way for region
UPDATE 4.15pm: THE second severe storm warning has been issued for the entire Northern Rivers region.
"Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall" may occur over the next few hours, according to The Bureau of Meteorology.
For advice about keeping safe during a storm, see the story below.
WEDNESDAY 1.23pm: A SEVERE thunderstorm is "likely" this afternoon according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The bureau has issued a warning for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall "that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours".
Looking at the weather radar, a system is approaching Grafton and is heading towards the Northern Rivers.
The forecast for today was "mostly sunny morning. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely during this afternoon and evening. A thunderstorm likely during this afternoon and evening, possibly severe. Light winds."
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, 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 3:50 pm.