Communities urged to be prepared for heavy rain, winds and hail

NSW SES

With possible severe weather are expected from Tuesday (11 May), NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is calling on local communities to use what time they can to be prepared.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised of the possibility of heavy rain for communities along the Far South Coast. Severe storms are also possible for communities along the North Coast.

NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Nicole Hogan said grounds are still saturated from intense flooding event in March, which means damaging winds bring the very real risk of uprooting trees.

“With much of the state’s soil still soaked from recent floods, it is important to be aware of dangerous trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property,” Ms Hogan said.

“Strong winds can also bring down power lines, damage roofs, while hail can also damage roofs, cars and break windows,” she said.

Assistant Commissioner Hogan added that heavy rain could also lead to flash flooding.

“With all these possibilities we want communities to do what they can to be prepared,” she said.

“Simple things like clearing gutters and down pipes of blockages, moving your car undercover or away from trees and power lines, and tidying lose items in your front and back yards can all go a long way to keeping you storm safe.

“If you can avoid travelling in severe weather, please do. But, if you do need to be on the road, please drive to the conditions.

“Strong winds can very easily cause obstructions on the road, and when it comes to floodwater, never attempt to drive walk or ride through it,” Ms Hogan added.

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