A SEVERE thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain has been issued for parts of New South Wales for the second day in a row.
The general warning, issued at 2:24 PM AEDT, covers the Mid North Coast and Hunter region, and parts of the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands.
It warns severe storms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and 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 Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle and Gosford.
If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in this area.
It comes after a cluster of severe storms smashed Sydney overnight, causing extensive flash flooding and widespread power outages.
Almost 50mm of rain fell on some suburbs in just 30 minutes, while strong winds brought down trees on powerlines, homes and cars.
More than 40,000 homes and businesses lost power during the height of the storm. Several thousand were still without power this morning.
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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
- 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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