The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast widespread thunderstorm activity over the next few days and into the weekend.
These storms will be more severe on Saturday and Sunday, and may include hail, strong winds and heavy local rain with flash flooding.
With the influence of La Nina, we can expect to see an increase in thunderstorm and severe weather activity in north eastern NSW the next few months.
NSW SES Zone Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Patterson said, “Severe thunderstorms can cause heavy local rain, which may lead to flash flooding on our local roads and low-lying causeways.”
Mr Patterson added, “If you are travelling in our area over the weekend, please slow down and drive to the conditions. If you come across a flooded road, pull over and turn around. It’s just not worth the risk.”
NSW SES encourages everyone to stay alert over the next few days, listen to any updates and advice and to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.
Before a storm, NSW SES advises people to:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
- Stay indoors away from windows and keep children and pets indoors
- Keep away from fallen power lines
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
- Never enter floodwater; and
- If trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call NSW SES on 132 500 or if the situation is life threatening call Triple Zero (000) immediately.