Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands and parts of Northern Rivers, Illawarra, North West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 7:59 pm Thursday, 16 January 2020.

HEAVY RAIN WITH GUSTY STORMS ACROSS EASTERN NSW

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, Sydney, Armidale, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn and Tamworth.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the South Coast, Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina and Upper Western districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

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.

Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.

Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.

- Barrington Tops (Bonnie Doon) recorded 53mm in 60min around 12:30.

- Blayney recorded 34.6mm in 60min around 12:30.

- Bendemeer (Bonna) recorded 44mm in 60min to 14:00.

- Markwell (Myall R) recorded 64.5 mm in the 60min to 14:30.

- Wooton recorded 43mm the 30min to 14:30.

- Bulahdelah (Myall R) recorded 57.5mm in the 60min to 14:50 and 78mm in the 2hrs to 15:30.

- Crinolyn recorded 60.2mm in the 30min to 15:38.

- Bundarra Post Office recorded 45mm in the 60min to 17:18.

- Boonanghi recorded 62.5mm in the 60min to 17:30.

- Picton Lakesland Road recorded 42.6mm in the 60min to 17:48.

- Neurea (Fernfield) recorded 42.2mm in the 60min to 18:41.

- Turners Flat recorded 60 mm in the 60min to 18:48.

- A 92.6km/h wind gust was recorded at Parkes Airport at 16:26.

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.