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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for LARGE HAILSTONES, HEAVY RAINFALL and DESTRUCTIVE WIND
For people in the Northern Rivers, South Coast, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast and Southern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 3:42 pm Sunday, 29 November 2015.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce giant hailstones (diameter greater than 5cm), heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and destructive winds over the next several hours in the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast districts. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree and Tenterfield.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in the South Coast and parts of the Southern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Batemans Bay, Eden, Bega and Moruya Heads.
Hail of 4.5cm diameter was reported 3km south of Bellingen (Mid North Coast) at about 2pm.
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 6:45 pm.
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.