Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Coffs Coast
UPDATE: A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for several locations including Coffs Harbour.
Large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds are forecast over the next several hours.
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 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.
10am: AS torrential rain buckets down south, fire permits have been suspended on the mid north coast today with the region facing a very high fire danger rating.
There's a 50 per cent chance of rain for Coffs Harbour forecast for the rest of the day, with northerly winds of 20-30 km/h turning westerly 30-35 km/h in the late afternoon.
On the North Coast, including the Clarence Valley, strong, dry winds and warm temperatures are generating a severe fire danger in the region.
Meanwhile, emergency services are battling severe bushfires in Queensland as the state faces extreme conditions in the face of the heatwave, while down south Sydney residents are facing torrential rain and flash flooding.
Volunteer firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service Mid Coast and Lower Hunter Districts have today travelled north to assist Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in tackling the fires.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, conditions on the Coffs Coast are expected to remain dry for the rest of the week with maximum temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
The Bureau of Meteorology have released an animation of the system rolling in today and forecast for rest of day: http://www.bom.gov.au/bomtransfer/severeweatherupdates/28112018_WU_NSWanimation.mp4