BoM warns of giant hail, flash flooding, destructive winds in NSW

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for giant hailstones, heavily rainfall and destructive winds for the NSW Northern Rivers district.

At 5.17pm AEDT, the bureau said severe thunderstorms were likely to produce giant hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and destructive winds over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Rivers district.


Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Brunswick Heads and Evans Head.


Less severe storms that are likely to produce large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall are likely in parts of the Northern Rivers, Mid NOrth Coast and Northern Tablelands.

Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Tenterfield, Yamba, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

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.
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.

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