Source: Bureau of Meteorology

for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

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

Issued at 8:36 pm Friday, 8 February 2019.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Scone, Cessnock, Maitland, Orange, Mudgee, Dubbo, Parkes, Wellington, Condobolin and Nyngan.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Metropolitan and Illawarra districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

42mm of rain reported in 30 minutes at Killabakh (near Taree).

87 km/h wind gust reported at Forbes.

85km/h wind gust reported at Moss Vale.

29mm of rain reported in 15 minutes at Campbells River (near Bathurst).

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 on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, 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.