A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for heavy rain and flash flooding has been issued for parts of NSW.
The warning, issued at 2.33pm AEDT, covers people in parts of the Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western Forecast Districts.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns severe storms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
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At this stage, locations which may be affected include Mudgee, Walgett, Dubbo, Tibooburra, Cobar and Bourke.
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 (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.
Stay up-to-date with the latest warnings by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.