Thunderstorm warnings are in place for the Northern Rivers.
Thunderstorm warnings are in place for the Northern Rivers. Bureau of Meteorology

Will we finally get a thunderstorm today?

SEVERE thunderstorms may be on the way in large parts of northern and north western New South Wales including Casino and Kyogle.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a warning for severe thunderstorms, "likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours".

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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 5:00 pm.



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