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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 Mid North Coast, Hunter, Riverina and parts of the North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Lower Western, Snowy Mountains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 7:09 pm Monday, 24 November 2014.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Wagga Wagga, Albury, Taree, Tamworth, Gunnedah and Narrabri.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central Tablelands and Upper Western districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
A wind gust of 98 km/h was recorded at Swan Hill at 2:07pm.
A wind gust of 98 km/h was recorded at Williamtown at 4:48pm.
A wind gust of 93 km/h was recorded at Tamworth at 6:17pm.
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 10:10 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.