Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Tablelands and parts of Mid North Coast, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Rivers Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:42 pm Saturday, 23 December 2023.

Severe thunderstorms continue in the northeast this evening.

Weather Situation: An upper trough and surface feature have triggered thunderstorms across the State this afternoon in a moist and unstable airmass.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Armidale, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tabulam and Bendemeer.

Cobar Airport recorded a wind gust of 89 km/h at 1:00 pm.

Trangie recorded 32.4 mm in the 30 minutes to 2:00 pm.

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.