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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

IDN65156
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

for HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in parts of the
Hunter Forecast District.

Issued at 1:01 pm Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Severe thunderstorms and thundery showers are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Cessnock, Maitland, Toronto, Morisset, Singleton, Wyong, The Entrance, Woy Woy, Wollombi and Kulnura.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

Wamberal Reservoir has recorded about 54mm of rain in 1 hour to 12:55pm.
Terrigal Reservoir has recorded about 44mm of rain in 1 hour to 12:55pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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 4:05 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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