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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 areas.
Issued at 11:04 am Tuesday, 21 April 2015.
A very dangerous line of thunderstorms extends from about Nelsons Bay to Cessnock. This line is moving only very slowly southwards and is producing very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Maitland, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, and Nelson Bay.
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:
* 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 12:00 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.