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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for HEAVY RAINFALL, LARGE HAILSTONES and DAMAGING WIND
For people in the North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, South West Slopes, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 3:57 pm Tuesday, 27 January 2015.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Parkes, Tamworth, Moree, Dubbo and Lightning Ridge.
31mm fell at Gresford in 30 minutes between 1:10pm and 1:40pm.
44.4mm fell at Nundle in 60 minutes between 1pm and 2pm.
28.2mm fell at Tangory Mountain (near Singleton) in 30 minutes between 12:30pm and 1pm.
27mm fell at Molong in 30 minutes between 11:40am and 12:10pm.
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 7:00 pm.
If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
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.