Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Blue Mountains/Hawkesbury, Maitland/Cessnock, Greater Newcastle, Gosford/Wyong and Sydney areas.

Issued at 2:08 pm Tuesday, 26 December 2023.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:05 pm, a VERY DANGEROUS THUNDERSTORM likely to produce GIANT HAILSTONES, damaging to LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding was detected near Freemans Waterhole and Awaba. This thunderstorm is moving towards the south. It is forecast to affect Toukley, Wyong and Tuggerah by 2:35 pm and Gosford, Woy Woy and Terrigal by 3:05 pm.

Another severe thunderstorm likely to produce large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding was detected near Upper Colo. This thunderstorm is moving towards the southeast. It is forecast to affect Colo and Cattai by 2:35 pm and Dural, Glenorie and Maroota by 3:05 pm.

4 cm hailstones were reported at Rutherford at 1:30 pm.

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.
* 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.