The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of flash flooding and damaging winds for the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and parts of the South Coast, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts. Heavy rains and a potential storm are also expected to hit Sydney's CBD this afternoon. Here are the details.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.
Sydney will likely be pelted in the late afternoon or early evening - so you might want to ask your boss for an early mark. Further west, the Nepean River has also been issued with a flood warning.
The State Emergency Service advises that people in the affected areas should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
- Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
- 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.
[Via Bureau of Meteorology]