Likelihood of hail and heavy rain this afternoon
A SEVERE weather advisory warning of the potential of hail, heavy rain and lightning has been issued this afternoon for much of Northern New South Wales, including the Coffs Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm front will cover the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Upper Western, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Northern Rivers, Illawarra, Riverina, Lower Western and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.
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.
Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Tamworth and Taree.
In a wide ranging weather warning, other areas in line to be affected by this afternoon's storm are Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Moree, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Tibooburra, Cobar and Bourke.
Weatherzone has advised that the thunderstorm is likely to hit between 4pm and 8pm.
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.