Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:07 pm Friday, 24 January 2020.

SLOW MOVING STORMS BRINGING HEAVY RAIN TO NORTHEAST NSW

A slow moving trough over northeastern New South Wales is combining with a humid airmass to bring thunderstorm activity to parts of northeastern New South Wales.

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

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Hunter district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

96 km/h wind gust was recorded at Scone AWS around 4.30pm.

32.6mm was recorded at Nundle in the 30 minutes to 6.15pm.

40.2mm was recorded at Blackville in the 1 hour to 7.30pm.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.