Brace for 'severe' storms bringing large hail, intense rain
UPDATE 3pm: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for people in parts of the Northern Rivers.
The severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, 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 Grafton, Tenterfield, Casino, Kyogle, Tabulam and Dorrigo.
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.
ORIGINAL STORY: THE Bureau of Meteorology has warned of another day of severe storms, with the majority of activity confined to northeast NSW.
A coastal trough, in combination with a high pressure ridge to the south of the state, is directing a humid easterly airstream across eastern New South Wales, increasing the risk of showers and thunderstorms in the state's east, while an inland trough about western slopes is moving slowly.
There is the potential for small scale lows to develop within the coastal trough, which may increase the risk of heavy falls near the coast.
During the weekend, showers and thunderstorms may extend across the northern inland as the inland trough moves further west.
BOM predicts a very high chance of rain with up to 40mm today in parts of the region, with similar totals for both Saturday and Sunday.
The SES has warned the the intense rain will make roads and watercourses dangerous.
"The focus for the heaviest falls is expected to be the Northern Rivers area, which will see showers and thunderstorms become more frequent with some producing very heavy rain," SES said.
"North-eastern parts of the inland are also expected to see thunderstorm activity, and these storms have the potential for large hail and damaging wind as well as heavy rain.
"Heavy enough to make roads and water courses dangerous, and potential for flash flooding and damage property."
What you can do to prepare:
- Move your car undercover and away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen powerlines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
- Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
- Do not enter floodwater.
- Prepare your home
- Consider pet safety during storms