A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Tumut region.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued the warning at 2.51pm, warning the thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Australian Capital Territory and parts of the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains districts. Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Cooma, Yass, Bredbo, Adaminaby and Tumut.
The severe thunderstorms are likely to produce destructive winds, large hailstones and very heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains and parts of the North West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands districts. Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Armidale, Orange, Tamworth and Dubbo.
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.
The next warning is due to be issued by 5:55 pm.