A DETAILED severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Sydney as a cluster of storms threaten the city.
At 2.10pm AEDT, the Bureau of Meteorology warned severe storms were detected near Richmond and Windsor.
These storms are moving towards the southeast and are forecast to hit Parramatta, Sydney Airport and Sydney Olumpic Park by 2.40pm.
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Sydney City, the Harbour Bridge and waters off Bondi Beach are expected to be impacted by 3.10pm.
The weather bureau warns damaging winds will be likely.
Hail is coming down around #Blacktown and #Seven Hill now. The severe storm cell is tracking towards #Epping and #Carlingford, then the lower Northshore in about 10 minutes. Other parts of Sydney are in for a good soaking and a cool change. pic.twitter.com/hwnxFiQXAw
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A broader, more generalised warning is current for the Sydney Metropolitan and Central Tablelands forecast districts, as well as parts of the Hunter, Illawarra, and North and Central West Slopes and Plains.
The weather bureau warns storms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Mudgee, Bathurst and Katoomba.
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.