Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 6:00 pm Monday, 17 February 2020.
STORM OUTBREAK FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN NSW

Weather Situation: An inland trough, unstable upper atmosphere and moist airmass over the state will combine to bring thunderstorms to large parts of New South Wales today.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Grafton, Armidale, Tamworth, Moree, Dubbo and Lightning Ridge.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Hunter, Southern Tablelands and South West Slopes districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

38.4mm of rainfall was recorded at Glenbawn Dam in the 1 hour to 9.15am.
37.2mm of rainfall was recorded at Aberdeen in the 1 hour to 9.45am.
44.2mm of rainfall was recorded at Upper Rouchel in the 2 hours to 10.30am.
35.8mm of rainfall was recorded at Coolah in the 30 minutes to 11.30am.
36.4mm of rainfall was recorded at Manilla in the 30 minutes to 3.00pm.
61mm of rainfall was recorded at Kooroowi in the 1 hour to 3.15pm.
122 km/h wind gust was recorded at Coonamble AWS around 3.45pm.
57mm of rainfall was recorded at Coonamble in the 2 hours to 5.30pm.

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.