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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for DAMAGING WIND and HEAVY RAINFALL
For people in the
Mid North Coast and parts of the
North West Slopes and Plains and
Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Issued at 8:29 pm Sunday, 1 March 2015.
Severe thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Taree, Kempsey, Tamworth, Narrabri and Ebor.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Northern Rivers and Hunter districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
Earlier today, wind gusts of 102 km/h were reported at Cambelltown, 95 km/h at Mt Boyce (near Katoomba) and 90 km/h at Mudgee.
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 11:30 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.