Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:05 pm Friday, 17 January 2020.

Weather Situation:

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce intense rainfall that may lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Mid North Coast district. Locations which may be affected include Taree, Laurieton, Harrington, Old Bar, Comboyne, Nowendoc, Gloucester, Forster, Seal Rocks, Bulahdelah, Wingham and Yarrowitch.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds over the next several hours in parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western districts. Locations which may be affected include Dubbo, Parkes, Wellington, Bourke, Peak Hill, Enngonia, Louth and Fords Bridge.

51mm in 30min at Bungwahl.

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.