Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of Hunter, Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:27 pm Wednesday, 17 January 2024.
Severe thunderstorms are affecting parts of northeast NSW.

Weather Situation: A warm and humid airmass combined with a trough of low pressure to produce thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts this afternoon and evening.

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, Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.

37 mm of rainfall was recorded at Coolah in the 1 hour to 4:57 pm (with 29.6 mm in 30 minutes).
51.2mm of rainfall was recorded at Cobark in the 1 hour to 6:24pm
60.2mm of rainfall was recorded at Gloucester (Upper Bowman) in the 1 hour to 6:34pm (with 48.6 mm in 30 minutes)

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.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.