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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
DETAILED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for HEAVY RAINFALL and DESTRUCTIVE WIND
For people in the
Greater Newcastle and parts of the
Issued at 12:44 pm Tuesday, 21 April 2015.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 12:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Salt Ash and Karuah. These thunderstorms are moving towards the west. They are forecast to affect Williamtown, Medowie and the area between Raymond Terrace and Karuah by 1:10 pm and Raymond Terrace, Hexham and Seaham by 1:40 pm.
Destructive winds are possible, particularly along the coastal fringe. Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is possible across the warning area. It is possible that low-lying parts of Newcastle may be significantly impacted during the afternoon.
Please note a separate broader severe weather warning remains current for the Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan and Illawarra districts.
In the hour to 9:45am Tocal recorded very intense rainfall of 112mm.
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 clear of fallen power lines.
* 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 1:45 pm.
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.