LATEST @ 1.15 PM AEDT | An updated detailed severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued by the weather bureau.
The severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Calga, Terrey Hills and St Albans around 1.15pm.
They’re moving towards the southeast and are forecast to affect Gosford, Woy Woy and Mona Vale by 1:45 pm and Budgewoi, Wyong and Tuggerah by 2:15 pm.
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“Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely,” BOM warned.
The storms have already caused major damage, with at least 47,000 homes and businesses across Sydney currently in darkness.
Ausgrid has confirmed emergency crews are desperately working to restore power.
“Ausgrid emergency crews are working to restore power to 47,000 customers in Sydney. There have been multiple trees brought down on the network and lightning strikes,” a tweet by Ausgrid reads.
“Never approach fallen powerlines, always assume they are live and stay at least 8 metres away.”
Most #storms have moved through #Sydney and action is moving further north to #CentralCoast and #Hunter. Lots of wind gusts recorded across the basin. See latest at https://t.co/Ss766eSCrL and the radar at https://t.co/Ss766eSCrL pic.twitter.com/UpRae7mfOH
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 26, 2019
EARLIER @ 12.30 PM AEDT | A detailed severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for parts of NSW, including Sydney.
The Bureau of Meteorology says severe, gusty thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Camden, Campbelltown, Penrith and Picton around 12.30pm on Tuesday.
The thunderstorms are moving towards the east and are forecast to affect Hornsby, Parramatta, Sutherland, Sydney Olympic Park, Richmond and Liverpool by 1:00 pm and Sydney City, Sydney Airport, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mona Vale and waters off Bondi Beach by 1:30 pm.
Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
According to the weather bureau, Moss Vale recorded a 98 km/h wind gust at 11:44am, while Canberra Airport recorded a 89 km/h wind gust at 12:07pm.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands and parts of the Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains districts.
EARLIER @ 12.20 PM AEDT | An updated severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for Eastern NSW and the ACT.
The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds over the next several hours in the Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, Central Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Central West Slopes and Plains districts.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Orange and Dubbo.
Severe thunderstorms are also likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in the South Coast, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of the Central Tablelands districts.
Locations which may be affected include Batemans Bay, Eden, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma and Yass.
EARLIER @ 11.25 AM | A severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for people in east central parts of NSW.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a cold front is crossing the state and generating the gusty thunderstorms.
They’re likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Orange and Dubbo.
“This front is expected to move out to sea later this evening,” the weather bureau said.
A severe weather warning also remains in place for people in the Illawarra and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands and Southern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
“A strong cold front is expected to cross New South Wales during Tuesday, with vigorous westerly winds likely to follow the front across the southeast,” BOM warned.
“DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible for parts of the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, South Coast and Central Tablelands this afternoon and evening.”
Locations which may be affected include Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Goulburn, Nerriga and Captains Flat.
I’t’s understood winds are expected to gradually ease late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
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 at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* 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.