Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 6:13 pm Wednesday, 20 December 2023.
Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and large hail continue through inland parts.

Weather Situation: A surface trough extends through the centre of the state and has caused the development of severe thunderstorms through inland parts. Thunderstorms are moving to the east and northeast and may persist through the afternoon and into the early evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Gunnedah, Moree, Narrabri, Dubbo, Coonabarabran and Collarenebri.

40.0 mm was recorded in the 60 minutes to 5:45 pm at Dubbo Airport.
32.8 mm was recorded in the 30 minutes to 4:40 pm at Gilgandra.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover.
* 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.