Trevor Veale

Thunderstorms to dump heavy falls this afternoon

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm alert for the Coffs Coast this afternoon.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm alert for the Coffs Coast this afternoon.

A SEVERE thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Coffs Coast this afternoon with the Bureau of Meteorology advising heavy rain will fall over the next 24-hours.

At 2pm the official Coffs Harbour rain gauge had collected 3.2mm while the bureau reported that 18mm had fallen at Thora in a 15 minute period.

There is a 90% chance of between 10 and 20mm falling in a short period in coming hours.

The bureau says severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Dorrigo and Glenreagh.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: * 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 on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 5:15 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.

The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.



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