Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Rivers and parts of Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:46 pm Friday, 18 February 2022.
Potentially severe thunderstorms over the far northeast of the state.

Weather Situation: A surface trough is combining with an upper trough to support thunderstorm development over northeastern parts of the state.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Murwillumbah, Casino, Kyogle, Alstonville and Tabulam.

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

Lismore recorded an 89 km/h wind gust at 4:38 pm.

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.
* 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.