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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
DETAILED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in parts of the
Greater Newcastle and
Central Coast areas.
Issued at 8:28 am Friday, 25 April 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 8:30 am, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Wyong and the Dungog district. These thunderstorms are slow moving. They are forecast to affect Budgewoi, Belmont and Swansea by 9:00 am and The Entrance, Berkeley Vale and Lake Macquarie by 9:30 am.
Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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 9:30 am.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Mid North Coast and Hunter districts.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.