Large hailstones and damaging winds likely: BoM warning

Update 4pm: THE warning for severe thunderstorms has now been extended to include Casino, Coraki, Evans Head, Yamba, Maclean and Woolgoolga.

Storms are heading for Evans Head and Casino.
Storms are heading for Evans Head and Casino. Rebecca Lollback

Original story: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Nymboida, Bellingen, Dorrigo, Ebor, Glenreagh and Coutts Crossing .

It says severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hail stones and damaging winds over the next few hours.

The State Emergency Service advise:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.

* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

* Keep at least 8m 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.

* 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 at 4.30pm.



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