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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for LARGE HAILSTONES and DAMAGING WIND
For people in the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Mid North Coast, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina, Lower Western, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 3:38 pm Monday, 24 November 2014.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Riverina and Lower Western districts. Locations which may be affected include Deniliquin, Hay, Broken Hill, Wentworth and Balranald.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Mid North Coast, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Nowra, Tamworth, Moree, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.
Thunderstorms approaching the New South Wales/Victorian border produced a 98 km/h wind gust at Swan Hill at 2:07pm.
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 6:40 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.