Storm clouds to the west of Grafton at 3.30pm on Monday, 11th of April 2016. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Northern Rivers.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Storm clouds to the west of Grafton at 3.30pm on Monday, 11th of April 2016. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Northern Rivers.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

Severe weather warning dropped

UPDATE, 5.20PM: THE Bureau of Meteorology has advised that the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed.

At 5.09pm the bureau issue a statement that severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in NSW and the ACT.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

  •  Keep clear of fallen power lines;
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains;
  • Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.

UPDATE, 4PM: A series of storms are forecast to hit the Clarence Valley across several hours this afternoon.

The first major storm event passed through Jackadgery and Copmanhurst to the west of Grafton at about 3.40pm. More storms are on the way.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning the storms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds. Stay tuned for further updates.

EARLIER: Residents are advised to prepare for a severe thunderstorm currently moving across the Clarence Valley.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 2.14pm today for people in the Northern Rivers and parts of Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Dorrigo.

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The storms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area 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 clear of fallen power lines;
  • 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.

Below is the BOM rainfall data for Grafton at 3.40pm on Monday, 11th of April, 2016.

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The next bureau warning is due to be issued by 5.15pm. Warnings are also available through Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.

To monitor the up-to-date movements of rainfall in the region head to http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR283.loop.shtml.

The video below is during a hailstorm which struck the Clarence Valley on September 17, 2015.



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