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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales


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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

for DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:04 pm Saturday, 3 December 2016.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Northern Rivers and parts of the Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Tenterfield, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours in the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Narrabri.

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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* 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 6:05 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.

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