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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
DETAILED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for DAMAGING WIND
For people in parts of the
Blue Mountains/Hawkesbury and
Issued at 4:10 pm Monday, 22 December 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 4:10 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Richmond, Wilberforce, Windsor, Berkshire Park and Londonderry. These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast. They are forecast to affect Parramatta, Dural, Erskine Park, Fairfield, Horsley Park and Riverstone by 4:40 pm.
Damaging winds are likely.
A gust of 89 km/h was at Richmond Airport at 3:54pm.
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.
* 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 5:10 pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Hunter, Metropolitan, South Coast, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands 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.