Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are current for eastern NSW with storms expected to last into the night.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Port Macquarie, Taree, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Tamworth, Moree, Dubbo and Cobar.
How you can prepare for heavy rainfall and strong wind:
- People can help prevent storm damage around their properties by trimming back overhanging branches
- Secure or store away loose items around the yard or balcony
- Stay clear of fallen trees or powerlines. It’s also important to avoid parking your cars under trees and powerlines; and
- Never drive through floodwater and stay clear of creeks and storm drains.
It’s likely that people will see a lot of water across main roads, the NSW SES is asking people over the next few days to drive to the conditions.
If you are driving when flash flooding occurs:
- Stay safe and never drive through floodwater. Just 15cm of water can float a car
- Be aware of driving hazards, such as mud, debris, damage roads and fallen trees; and
- If driving conditions are dangerous, safety pull over away from trees, drains and low-lying areas and floodwaters.
For updates on the weather and to view current warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology
To monitor road closures and traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW