This photo was taken by Jason Paterson at Ballina's Shelley Beach on October 26 and shared through The Northern Star's Facebook page.
This photo was taken by Jason Paterson at Ballina's Shelley Beach on October 26 and shared through The Northern Star's Facebook page. Jason Paterson

Severe thunderstorm warning

A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for parts of the Northern Rivers.

Over the next few hours thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area.

Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Maitland, Armidale, Tenterfield, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Coonabarabran and Narrabri.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move their car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around their house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • 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 on 132 500.

A map issued by the Bureau of Meteorology showing areas likely to be impacted by a severe thunderstorm.
A map issued by the Bureau of Meteorology showing areas likely to be impacted by a severe thunderstorm.


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