Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Lower Western and parts of Northern Rivers, Riverina and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 1:14 pm Monday, 28 February 2022.


Weather situation: Severe thunderstorms are embedded in an area of heavy rain associated with a low pressure system in the northeast. Severe thunderstorms are also developing in western parts of the state in a humid airmass supported by an upper cut-off low over South Australia.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce INTENSE RAINFALL that may lead to DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATNENING FLASH FLOODING over the next several hours in parts of the Northern Rivers district. Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads and Nimbin.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in the Lower Western and parts of the Riverina and Upper Western districts. Locations which may be affected include Wilcannia, White Cliffs, Wentworth, Ivanhoe, Menindee and Balranald.

Heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

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.